The photos depict a canal clogged with floating garbage as well as plastic cutlery, plastic bottles and items of wood.
“If the environmental protection bureau chief dares to swim in [Ruian's] watercourse for twenty minutes, i will be able to pay [him] two hundred,000 yuan (AU $32,000),” Zengmin wrote on Chinese social media website, Sina Weibo.
According to the South China Morning Post, Zhenming declined the supply telling China’s official broadcaster he believes his bureau is “not responsible”.
“The responsibility doesn't have sex United States of America, however we'll listen thereto,” he said.
While he additional he had alerted the water conservancy bureau to the problem, it had no immediate or future plans to wash up its act.