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Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2014 9:00 pm

Depressing barely describes my reaction to a recent story on the front page of the digital New York Times. Animated graphs showed how a good third of the U.S., especially the Southwest, was drying out, with little relief in sight. Between lack of rain and overuse of dwindling groundwater, life as we enjoy it faces a bleak forecast.

There is a solution. Let’s create an alliance called the National Water Partnership. Its purpose would be to finance, build and operate a nationwide web of aqueducts to flow water wherever needed. Let it be the capstone infrastructure project of the first half of the 21st century.

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4 comments:

  • Robstnr posted at 9:44 pm on Sun, Aug 3, 2014.

    Robstnr Posts: 4

    I have had the exact same thoughts pipeline. This opinion is perfectly written. Also, the governor of California is pushing forward with massive high speed rail transportation project. This is not needed in a dry, earthquake prone state. Spend those billions of funds on desal facilities and use the plentiful ocean water.

     
  • Michael Murray posted at 10:53 am on Sun, Aug 3, 2014.

    Mike M Posts: 109

    "Water rich" is a an oxymoron. We will depend on those areas which are flooded? We will build pipelines to those areas where they have plentiful water? You mean like Owens Valley in CA which is now a desert? The CA aqueduct writ large?

    What is being suggested is the theft, by use of eminent domain, of water from those areas which may have it. You suggest stealing what small, unimportant or under populated areas have and giving it to those who can't manage resources.
    How many pumps? How many miles of pipe? How much environmental damage? How much pork and cost overruns? No problem, right?
    Government knows what it's doing. Yeah, right.

    Didn't anyone learn from the government grab of acequia water?
    It's all good if you are on the taking end. Not so good if you are on the losing end.
    We need it and screw the others.

     
  • Michael Numan posted at 10:18 am on Sun, Aug 3, 2014.

    mnuman Posts: 23

    This is a great idea.
    As I was watching all the floods this year in both the southeast and in Washington State, I wondered whether some kind of water pipeline could be created so that water could be funneled from water rich to water poor areas. Mr. Altman seems to have a good handle on the kind of engineering that would allow such transfers to occur.
    But like all our infrastructure problems, we need a united government to get some positive action. We really need to rebuild, improve, and add to many aspects of America's infrastructure in order to create a successful future for our children.

     
  • Jeff Carr posted at 8:36 am on Sun, Aug 3, 2014.

    CitizenKane Posts: 50

    Interesting idea.

     

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