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Shanghai Municipal Water Authority (Shanghai Municipal Ocean Bureau)
(06.07.2010)

Shanghai Municipal Water Authority is established as one of the departments of the municipal government in accordance with the “Notice of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council on Printing and Distributing ‘Plan on Reform of Organs of Shanghai Municipal People’s Government’” (Ting Zi [2008] No. 17). Shanghai Municipal Ocean Bureau and Shanghai Municipal Water Authority work in a united office.

Main Functions

1. to implement the laws, rules, regulations, guidelines and policies related to water and ocean management; to study and draft the local regulations, rules and policies related to water and ocean management and organize to implement them;

2. to take charge of the formulation of the municipal plan, medium and long term development plan and annual plan for water and ocean according to the overall municipal plan of national economic and social development and organize to implement the plans; to cooperate with relevant departments to work out the municipal water and ocean function zoning; to participate in the formulation of plans for flood prevention, water resources, ocean economy, resource and environment;

3. to take charge of the management and protection of the water resources (surface water, ground water) of the municipality in a unified way; to take charge of the formulation of the medium and long term demand and supply plan of water resources and water volume distribution and allocation programs, and supervise the implementation; to organize to carry out the water usage permission system, water discharge permission system and collection of water resource fees; to verify the water environment capacity and put forward suggestions to control the overall discharge; to take charge of the work of planned water usage and water saving;

4. to cooperate with relevant departments in management of beach resources, organize to prepare the plans and annual plans for development, utilization and protection of beaches and supervise the implementation of these plans; to take charge of the management of sand mining in the Yangtze river channel within the municipality;

5. to lead the work of flood control and drought relief and undertake the daily work of the municipal flood-control headquarters;

6. to lead the hydrologic work of the municipality, organize to carry out the monitoring of hydrology and water resource and construction and administration of hydrologic stations, publicize the hydrology and water resource information, hydrology forecast and water resource bulletin;

7. to take charge of the management of water conservancy, water supply and water discharge industries and resume corresponding responsibilities of supervision and administration; to study and put forward economic adjustment opinions such as pricing and finance related to water utilities, and participate in the management of utilization of water and ocean management funds;

8. to lead the management of embankment of river channel, lakes, rivers and seas of the municipality and take charge of the municipal water project construction and management; to organize, guide and supervise the construction and operation management of water project facilities; to take charge of the quality and safety supervision and management of the municipal water construction projects; to take charge of the implementation of construction and operation management of key water conservancy projects with a controlling nature or across regions;

9. to take charge of the water conservancy work in the countryside, organize and guide the farmland water conservancy construction; to cooperate with relevant departments to organize and carry out the water and soil conservation;

10. to take charge of the supervision and management of the maritime space and island within the municipality; to review and approve applications for usage of maritime space, practice maritime space ownership management and the system of paid use of maritime space; to take charge of the review, approval, supervision and management of submarine cables and pipelines; to take charge of the management of data of maritime space survey and ocean basics of the municipality; to take charge of the comprehensive coordination of the ocean affairs;

11. to resume the responsibilities of protection of the ocean environment, organize investigation, survey, monitoring and evaluation of the ocean environment; to cooperate with relevant departments to formulate the plans, standards and codes of protection and regulation of the local ocean environment and implement the national standards of pollutant discharge into ocean and aggregate control system; to take charge of the environmental protection of the ocean control projects and damage of pollutants to the ocean; to approve reports of the environmental influence of ocean projects and put forward the review and approval opinions; to supervise and manage the natural ocean protection zone and take charge of the ecological environmental protection of the ocean; to take charge of the ocean environment tracking condition perdition and forecasting warning of ocean disasters;

12. to implement administrative enforcement of water law and administrative enforcement of ocean law according to law and investigate and punish any behavior breaching the law; to coordinate the water related disputes between departments and districts and countries, take charge of the emergency settlement of any water and ocean incidents; to supervise and manage the survey and research of ocean science, construction of ocean facilities, submarine projects and other ocean development activities concerning foreign affairs;

13. to study and work out key technological advancing measures for the development of water and ocean, organize the basic and comprehensive survey of ocean and key technological breakthrough of water and ocean; to organize to carry out the national technical quality standards, regulations and codes related to water and ocean, and undertake the drafting of local standards;

14. to take charge of the acceptance and hearing of relevant administrative reviews and responses to administrative proceedings;

15. to undertake other tasks assigned by the municipal government.