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Old 07-24-2014, 09:16 PM
NCN NCN started this thread
Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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We were discussing how some areas are getting more than enough water and others are having droughts. A couple years ago it was the opposite. My husband came up with an idea to have a pipeline built across the USA so water from flooded areas could be shared with drought areas.

What do you think about this? I am concerned with the conditions around Vegas and LA. Sounds like a good idea to me. I am not an engineer and don't know how to make it work, but I think it is possible.
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:32 PM
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Probably not a good idea to overdevelop the desert.
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:33 AM
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Look up the Central Arizona Project. I think you'd be interested. It costed us a lot of money, but helped us a lot.

California gets first dibs to the Colorado so as long as San Diego and Los Angeles grow in population every other state with rights to the river will have less. I wish California desalinated to help us out, considering they are the only one with the ocean. But... who knows.

What the major metros in these areas need is a lifestyle change. I read somewhere that HALF of Phoenix's water usage goes to WATERING YARDS. Is that really necessary?? Can we just put in fake grass and call it a day (besides, water is expensive)?? Can we put in native plants that we don't have to water really, except every once in a while, instead of non-native palm trees? It's ridiculous if you ask me.

I'm pretty sure that statistic I just listed is just for Phoenix proper, not the metro. What I noticed is that a couple of suburbs (at least Scottsdale and Mesa) offer rebates if you give up some of your yard. Phoenix doesn't. Maybe if we give citizens an incentive...

Anyway, something like this has been discussed before. Didn't New Mexico want to do this and take water from the Great Lakes??
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:39 AM
Location: Savannah GA
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It's a very dangerous precedent and very bad practice ecologically to transfer water from one watershed to another. Just google OWENS VALLEY and read about what a disaster it has become, to the benefit of greater Los Angeles.
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:47 AM
Location: West Michigan
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The Great Lakes Region
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Old 07-25-2014, 06:33 AM
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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There is a reason the British Colonists like William Penn put cities where they did. He chose Philadelphia's location due to the confluence of two rivers and loads of fresh water. When we got to the West we threw everything out the window. The desert West should be sparsely populated. End of story. You don't see huge cities in Australia in the middle of the desert. Developers and the almighty dollar trump everything in the US.
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Old 07-25-2014, 06:51 AM
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Ever notice how the Northeast and Great Lakes states never have wildfires or water shortages, and seldom have severe droughts?

"Ewww, but I don't wanna live there; it's too cloudy and everything is old!"
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:08 AM
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Here Here! If you are worried about running out of water, move to where it's never a problem. Don't take it away from the people smart enough to stay near it!

No to the redistribution of water!
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:21 AM
Location: Bel Air, California
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maybe the desert areas of the country should embrace their environment instead of trying to turn it into something it obviously is not
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:33 AM
Location: Chicago, IL
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It's not a feasible option to pump water across the country, which would have to happen in order to get past higher elevation areas. Unlike gases that are often pumped over long distances, water is an incompressible fluid with a much higher density. Regional water can sometimes be transferred like what you see in California and Arizona, but this happens via open channels (i.e. gravity flow) so no pumping is required.

As mentioned above, there would also be the issue of transferring water from one watershed to another even if it could be done.
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