Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee was recently featured in articles from Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg about the South-North Water Diversion Project taking place in China. The project transfers water from flood-prone regions in the south of the country to the north, which often suffers from drought.
In the latest phase of the project, China hopes to double the amount of water transferred. Critics want more focus on water conservation and pollution, and less on water diversion schemes. Magee notes in the story for Reuters that “replacing underground pipes is not nearly as sexy as building the biggest inter-basin diversion on the planet.”
Discussing the project’s estimated $62 million price tag, numerous new pumping stations and power output with Bloomberg, Magee says: “As the old saying goes, water flows towards money, and even though it won’t flow willingly uphill, the eastern route already has a dozen pumping stations, and that number is apparently set to more than double with the new extensions and additions to that route.”
Magee is a China geographer with expertise in water and energy in China. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington, along with a B.A. in French and B.S. in mathematics from Louisiana State University. He has authored a number of articles on China’s water and energy issues. Magee joined the HWS faculty in 2008.