Many of you know that I have posted a number of times about the water mega-projects, NAWAPA (North American Water And Power Alliance) and NARA (North American Recycling Alliance). Both these projects propose to bring water fromAlaska/Canada (NAWAPA) or Canada's James Bay (NARA) to quench the thirst of the USA, primarily the western USA, but also parts of the Eastern USA (NARA, especially) and perhaps even northern Mexico.
Here is a map of the NAWAPA project from my post:
Imagine my surprise when a woman called me from Seattle just a few hours ago to inform me of a proposal to revive NAWAPA and put 3-4 million engineers/scientists to work on a TVA-like project to bring water from Alaska and Canada (mainlyfrom the Yukon and MacKenzie basins, with some coastal baisns as well) to make the desert bloom (my words, not hers) as well as supply the Great Lakes and eastern North America. Total storage in the system: 4.4 billion acre-feet (5,400 cubic kilometers). It's even got the 500-mile (800-kilometer) long reservoir in the Rocky Mountain Trench!
Making the desert bloom? Haven't we tried something like this before? After all, the desert is ''that failure of the biosphere' (from the 23-minute video below).
Anyway, I thought she was pulling my leg but soon realized she was serious.
Here is a short 2-minute video introducing NAWAPA: Water for Life:
No indication of whether the Canadians or Alaskans will willingly give up their water, or whether states will allow these mammoth reservoirs to be constructed.
But wait - there's more. Why stop with North America? Let's go to Eurasia and refill the Aral Sea!
The there's the Basement Project, probably so named because those who proposed it have not been allowed out of the basement for years.
One can dream, can't one?
I think I just found a class project for my Water Resources Management class.
As if the above wasn't enough, a friend told me of a scheme to pipe (undersea?) Alaska's water to India for distribution to places like Iraq and Afghanistan.
Whatever it is, it's contagious.
"There is no sin except stupidity." -- Oscar Wilde