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National recognition bestowed on nine artificial wetlands: EPA

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A central and local government partnership has yielded nine quality wetlands that have earned national recognition, reported the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, 環保署).

Since 2003, the EPA has subsidized the construction of 56 artificial wetlands, largely as a measure for treating local sewage runoff.

The appropriate operation and management of the wetlands has yielded excellent results, said the EPA last week.

The wetlands have not only filtered polluted runoff, but improved local ecological health as well. So far officials have catalogued over 598 rare and common wildlife species in the network's surrounding area, said Hsu Yung-hsing (許永興), director of the EPA's Department of Water Quality.

Nine of the wetlands have also passed stringent requirements to be classified as the Executive Yuan's “Wetlands of National Importance” (國家重要濕地).

These are the Kaohsiung City Dashu Old Railway Bridge (大樹舊鐵橋) Wetland Park; the Ecological Park of Toucian River (頭前溪生態) in Hsinchu County; the Linluo (麟洛) Manmade Wetland in Pingtung County; the Guanshan (關山) Manmade Wetland in Taitung County; and the constructed wetlands of Daniaopi (打鳥埤), Sinhai (新海), Fujhou (浮洲), Lujiao River (鹿角溪) and Chenglin (城林).

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