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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 04:34 PM

Water Piped to Denver Could Ease Stress on River

The federal government has come up with dozens of ways to enhance the diminishing flow of the Colorado River, which has long struggled to keep seven states and roughly 25 million people hydrated.

Among the proposals in a report by the Bureau of Reclamation, parts of which leaked out in advance of its expected release this week, are traditional solutions to water shortages, like decreasing demand through conservation and increasing supply through reuse or desalination projects.

But also in the mix, and expected to remain in the final draft of the report, is a more extreme and contentious approach. It calls for building a pipeline from the Missouri River to Denver, nearly 600 miles to the west. Water would be doled out as needed along the route in Kansas, with the rest ultimately stored in reservoirs in the Denver area.

Experts say the plan is reminiscent of those proposed in the middle of the last century, when grand and exorbitant federal water projects were commonplace and not, with the benefit of hindsight, always advisable.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/10/science/earth/federal-plans-for-colorado-river-include-pipeline.html?_r=1&

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Sherman A1 Dec 2012 OP
Gore1FL Dec 2012 #1
Panasonic Dec 2012 #2
TheAmbivalante Dec 2012 #4
ROBROX Dec 2012 #3
Sherman A1 Dec 2012 #5
unterrified democrat Dec 2012 #6
Sherman A1 Dec 2012 #7

Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 04:47 PM

1. Now that Prop 64 is signed

They'll need more water pipes in Denver!

Oh wait.. I misread the article.

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Response to Gore1FL (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 04:55 PM

2. You, sir, win the Internets.

 

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Response to Gore1FL (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:16 PM

4. Dying is easy.

Comedy is hard.
And that, Gore1FL, was comedy.
Brilliant!

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:12 PM

3. CALIFORNIA PIPES WATER TO SOCAL DRINKERS

 

California has the big canal which transports water south can be seen from space. Big pumps are used to pump water over the mountains surrounding LA. When everything is perfect the water can flow. Today we know there is not enough water to ship south when there is a drought. Sending water somewhere else sounds good, but there could be problem like NOT enough water to send.

Good luck with the pipe project that may be a PIPE DREAM

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Response to ROBROX (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:01 AM

5. The problem is that diverting Missouri River water

could have a disastrous effect on farmers all along the Missouri & barge traffic on the Mississippi River. Currently the Army Corps is dredging like crazy to keep the channel open.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:10 PM

6. The Gage in Memphis recently hit -8.6 ...

That is nearly 60 feet lower that last years' record high.
The Army Corp is reducing flows from the Upper Missouri
reservoirs already. There are calls going out to expedite
blasting out underwater rock formations at Thebes Illinois
that threaten to rip the bottom out of towboats and barges
as it is now. The water flowing through the Mississippi Valley
is the pulse of our national eco-system, and right now we are
still feeling the devastating effects of the Great Heat of 2012.
Sorry, Denver and Vegas, there are already too many claims
to this resource as it is!

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Response to unterrified democrat (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 04:43 AM

7. Precisely

There are already too many competing demands on this water, adding more is simply not a good idea.

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