From Riverbed to Neighborhood (image) Michigan State University Caption Many sections of the famous Yongdinghe River in Beijing have dried up due to decreased runoff, and many years of over-exploitation of surface water and groundwater. Vegetation and houses took over the riverbed. Credit Wu Yang Usage Restrictions With credit Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.