A River Regenerated through “Groundwork”
Genbe River (Mishima City)
An agricultural water supply that extends a distance of 1.5 kilometers, deriving its source from the groundwater of Mt. Fuji. Residents who lived along the river had once appropriated the water for domestic use. In the 1960s during Japan’s period of high economic growth however, factories located in the upstream had pumped much of the groundwater, resulting in a significant reduction in the amount of spring water and causing pollution of the river. In 1992, an organization was formed based on UK 's "Groundwork," a group that engages in environmental improvements through the cooperation of the public and private sectors. Companies had decided to supply the river with factory cooling water to compensate for the depleted water, with members of the local community taking part in cleaning activities to create a biotope. Today the environment has been regenerated, enabling fireflies to be seen on summer nights.