1986.9 Economy Planning Board approved the implementation plan for Shihwa Regional Development

1987.6 Shihwa Embankment Construction began

1994.1 Embankment completed

1996.4 Press release on pollution scandal in Lake Shihwa

1996.7 Ministry of Environment established Lake Shihwa Water Quality Improvement Plan 1997.3 Shihwa sluice
           opened for seawater influx

1998.2 Regular seawater circulation started

1998.12 Ministry of Agriculture and Forest renounced the usage of Lake water for farmlands

1999.5 Dinosaur egg fossil was discovered in the south of the reclaimed area

2000.2 Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries designated Lake Shihwa and Area Incheon coastal area 
           as a Special Management Area

2000.3 Cultural Heritage Administration designated 16 million ㎡ of dinosaur egg fossil site as
           natural monument No. 414 2000.11 Lake Shihwa designated as ICM parallel site of PEMSEA

2000.12 Official declaration of renouncement of freshwater lake

2001.8 Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries established Lake Shihwa Comprehensive Management Plan

2001.11 Farmland development project began in some of the southern reclaimed lands

2002.12 Lake Shihwa Management Committee organized by the Prime Minister’s Directive

2003.12 Ministry of Construction and Traffic held public hearings on a long-term comprehensive management plan

2004.1 Ministry of Construction and Traffic set up Shihwa Sustainable Development Council

2007.5 The second phase of the Lake Shihwa comprehensive management plan established

2007.8 Shihwa Multitechno Valley (an industrial complex) development in the northern reclaimed land began

2010.7 Introduction of total pollutant load management system

2011.7 Operation of Lake Shihwa Tidal Power Plant partially began

2011.12 Lake Shihwa Tidal Power Plant fully operated

2012.2 Songsan Green City construction in the southern reclaimed land began

2012.10 The third phase of Lake Shihwa comprehensive management plan was finalized

2012.12 The basic plan of Lake Shihwa total pollutant load management system was established


Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Marine Environmental Policy Division
Doum6-Ro Sejong-City 339-012 Tel 82-44-200-5287
Secretariat for Shihwa Management Committee
Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology 787 Haeanlo, Ansan 429-744 Tel 82-31-400-6169