Here's my Jersey on Water in NM.
WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM?
There's a drought in them there hills!
YOU WANT THE SOLUTION OR WHAT?
There's an old saying: "If we can go to the moon, then we can (fill in the blank with some kind of engineering feat)".
I propose a new saying: "If we can build an 800 mile oil pipeline, then we can build an 800 mile WATER pipeline".
Yes, you can stop rubbing your eyes; you read that correctly. I do not see any engineering obstacle that could not be fairly easily overcome with good ol' American ingenuity. We could get the water from areas that have yearly flooding like St. Louis, MO (or Memphis, TN) and Oklahoma City, OK, and run it all the way through to Phoenix Arizona. This pipeline should be able to pump with the same capacity as a regular oil pipeline, right?
Build the pipeline along I-40 (Route 66 Pipeline?). That's where the infrastructure would be built and maintained. Businesses will "spring up" because of the Route 66 Pipeline, turning desert into usable land. Start from I-44 at St Louis, and I-40 at Memphis:
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Cattle thirst would be quenched using Mississippi water. If we filled up Conchas Lake, the cattle people can take all the water that they would ever want (I'm looking at you Bell Ranch). Can we get the Cattle Growers Association in on this?
Can we get some Fed money? If we can somehow relieve flooding in areas, doesn't that save the Feds money? Wouldn't we save money preventing flooding disasters?
Would this help get water to firefighters fighting forest fires? This would help alleviate forest fires, right?
Wouldn't this be environmentally safer, especially with the current controversy over the tar sands oil pipeline? Water surely is easier, not to mention safer, to transport than oil. We can use solar panels for any needed power.
The pipeline would cross several states, obviously. Let's make a deal with these states; they put up the cost of running the pipeline through their state, and they get to share in the water. Both the drainer and the drainee (providers and consumers) share in the cost. How many jobs will this pipeline create per state? It just takes a little political courage, that's all.
So let's recap, shall we? It fills up all the lakes for recreation and tourism. It helps the flooded states, reduces insurance costs, and helps irrigation, farmers, and cattle. Its a win for every living thing in our state.
That's called strategic planning for the future; instead, we are reacting to situations. You gotta problem with that?
Engineers: leave comments on whether this is feasible or not. Can we build such a water pipeline? Would the flow rate justify the costs? Or is this some kind of pipe dream? (pun intended.)
Now that that how to get a drink of cold cool "wata" in NM. How 'bout youse guys?