霞ヶ浦をめぐる住民運動に関する考察 : 都市化と環境保全運動
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Neighborhood Movement for Environmental Conservation in the Area Around Lake Kasumigaura
Pollution. Environmental engineering
The purpose of this paper is to clarify the regional characteristics of three main neighborhood movements in the drainage basin of Lake Kasumigaura, in particular, the environmental conservation movement. Two voluntary groups are mainly investigated. One is the Nature Conservation Society of Tsuchiura, and the other is the Liaison Conference for the Conservation of Lake Kasumigaura. Eutrophication of Lake Kasumigaura affects all the residents of the drainage basin, but only those in the urbanized area took action and agitated for environmental conservation. Eutrophication is essentially an urban problem.
Development of Lake Kasumigaura has progressed since a dam was constructed in 1963 in order to turn the lake into a freshwater lake. Its water resources have supported industrialization and population growth in the area. But water resource development, industrialization, urbanization, carp culture and stock raising have combined to result in the lake's steady eutrophication, and nowadays every summer the lake is host to dense growths of plankton which damage the carp culture seriously and give a foul smell to tap water in the surrounding area.
The area around the lake can be divided into four main zones (Fig. 4). The zone along the JR Joban-line is rapidly urbanizing because of the expansion of the Tokyo Metropolitan Area and the development of Tsukuba Academic City. The rate of population increase in this zone is the highest of the four (Fig. 5). A big steel plant is located in the Kashima zone. In the northern lakeside zone, carp culture and hog raising are important. The fourth zone includes the lowland along the Tone River and the upper and middle reaches of the Sakura River.
After the water resource development of the lake, three main neighborhood movements sprang up over the use of the lake. These movements centered around the first three of the above-mentioned zones (Fig. 6). In the JR Joban-line zone, environmental conservation is the object. In the Kashima zone, the residents are opposed to an Industrial Development Policy that prescribes drawing water from the lake for use in industrial areas. In the northern lakeside zone, the fishermen are protesting the Land Reclamation Project of Takahama-iri Inlet, begun in 1967.
In the JR Joban-line zone, two groups have been organized for environmental conservation. The Nature Conservation Society of Tsuchiura, organized in 1972, has played an important role in the movement. The Liaison Conference for the Conservation of Lake Kasumigaura was organized in 1981. Their chief interest is the solution of the eutrophication problem. Most of the members of the two groups live in Tsuchiura and Tsukuba Academic City.
Eutrophication affects all residents who live in the drainage basin, but most of those who are active in the groups live in the urbanized area (Fig. 7). In the area around the lake, only the residents of the urbanized area have to drink water from Lake Kasumigaura. The lake poses two problems for them. One is that the lake is a pool of sewage, and the other is that it is the source of drinking water. Water pollution inevitably causes doubts about the safety of drinkingwater from the lake. This fear motivated some of the residents to act.
The movement did not begin only in response to water pollution. The JR Joban-line zone has rapidly urbanized, and environmental deterioration is most serious in the area around the lake. Rapid environmental changes have made the residents nervous about environmental deterioration, including water pollution. Many residents of the urbanized area are interested in the environment. The water in Tsuchiura has a special meaning for persons who remember the area's past unspoiled beauty. Some of the residents who moved to this area from Tokyo are also keenly interested in the environment, and some of them have taken part in the movement.
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