Got Drought? Get the Interstate Water Distribution System
This is the 21st century and we are still dealing with droughts and floods. We have the technolgy, we can do something about droughts and floods.
For thousands of years humans have been able to take water from one place and bring it to another. This was accomplished with tunnels, canals and aquaducts.
That said, my proposal is to connect existing water systems- rivers, streams, lakes, etc. using technology we already have. To accomplish this we can dig canals, install tunnels, pipelines and aquaducts.
This way when one section of the USA is dry/ in a drought stage, the sections of the USA that have rain can share that bounty with those who are less fortunate.
Another advantage of my system is that it could, if applied properly, alleviate flooding.
It will also put many Americans back to work. The only issue is where is the money going to come from?
One solution is the 1%- it would be an investment. They pay now and then we ante up when when we pay our water bill.
Phase 1 would set up the country in zones, and to install controlled spillways along major rivers and their tributaries in those zones, starting with known flood zones of populated areas.
These spillways would lead to (holding) reservoirs for future use including redistribution to/ from another zone (Phase 2).
We need to refill our aquifers- the Ogallala aquifer, is one of the largest systems in the world and I am sure she could use a good drink. And the Ogallala feeds a great deal of farmland, which feeds us.
Another thing to think about is if the ice sheets melt and ocean levels rise, we could mediate that rise by controlling how much water flows back via our river system by using these spillways to divert some of that flow.
Diversion rate = ice sheet melting rate
We can even use the wind and sun to power the flow up hills and mountains. More jobs.
This way, instead of continually reacting to floods and droughts, we can control the horizontal. We can control the verticle. We can change the focus- we can increase the freshwater fish population and farm land.
We can put America back to work and get us out of this ridiculous debt.
Write to your congress-people and Senators and tell them of this plan. If enough people speak up perhaps they will listen. But you can't win the lottery if you don't play...