West Germany and France have announced a joint effort to try and clean up the Rhine, Saar and Moselle rivers.
GV Barges travelling on Rhine with residence near river bank.(2 SHOTS)
SV Barge carrying cargo travelling downstream.
CU Rocks covered with oil on river bank.
GV & CU PULL BACK TO GV Suspension bridge with barge passing underneath. (2 SHOTS)
GV Industrial complex and oil refineries on bank of Rhine.
SV PAN Boat ploughing through water.
GV Boats moored at quayside beside industrial complex.
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Background: West Germany and France have announced a joint effort to try and clean up the Rhine, Saar and Moselle rivers. In a communique issued in Paris and Bonn on Tuesday (23 September) West German Interior Minister, Gerhard Baum, and the French Ministers for Pollution and Industry, Mr. Michel d'Ornano and Mr. Andre Giraud, agreed to increase their efforts to reduce industrial waster flowing into the European waterways.
SYNOPSIS: The Rhine -- navigable for almost 800 kilometres (500 miles) from the south western tip of Germany to the Dutch sea-coast, is Europe's major waterway. Daily, thousands of barges ferry goods to and from the seaports of Holland to keep the rest of Europe continent supplied. This heavy traffic has covered the river with an almost permanent slick of oil and waste.
France and West Germany have been accused of using the Rhine as a sewer and, until recently, biologists declared that the river was "dead". Now -- despite heavy industrialisation on the river banks and along the Rhine's tributaries -- ?? has once again been caught in its waters.
The Rhine is still a long way from what concerned ecologists would call clean. But now at least its biological future seems assured.