Qizhen Lake is located in Zijingang Campus of Zhejiang University, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province. It is an artificial lake built in 2001 and is connected to the Qiantang River. The name of the Qizhen Lake, which means pursuing truth, is taken from Zhejiang University’s school song and motto, “always pursuing truth and innovation.” The main part of Qizhen Lake lies in the center of Zijingang Campus, and its tributary constitutes a dense network throughout the whole Zijingang Campus. Solid waste brought by students and tourists to the lake is more difficult to eliminate once it enters the Qiantang River. Along the lake, there are aquatic and marsh plants likeScirpus validus and Miscanthus. However, the fluidity of the river is poor and the water is turbid. Many areas of the water body become black and have a foul odor, and eutrophication occurs on the bank of the lake. Green Origin Association for Qizhen Lake, a Qiantang River Waterkeeper Affiliate aims to guide the students and school in understanding and resolving the environmental problems of Qizhen Lake.
“Water is not only the source of life, but a friend who’s always by her side”, said Qiaoling Jin. Qianling is a freshman studying chemical engineering at the Zhejiang University. The 2018 Waterkeeper Night event intrigued her interest in water protection. Since then she has been conducting water quality on the Qizhen Lake, and became the GOA for Qizhen Lake, a Qiantang River Waterkeeper Affiliate in 2019. She is dedicated to raising students’ awareness of water pollution and finding out ways to improve water quality in Qizhen Lake.
Zijingang Campus, Sandun Town, Xihu District
Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province 310000