Thursday, June 10, 2021 | 2 a.m.
When are we going to actually do something about the water shortages in the West? Does Las Vegas need water from Lake Mead more than Los Angeles needs electricity from Hoover Dam? For many, that depends on where they live.
Fighting over the increasingly rare drops of water is not action; it’s planting heads firmly in the sand (that used to be mud) in hopes that the “rains will come again.” Don’t hold your breath. Some climatologists think this is not a bad drought but a return to the long-term normal from a 150-year period of much higher than normal rainfall. It’s not proven, but it sure seems like this theory explains what is happening.
So, if the rain is not coming, what are we going to do about it? The East literally has more water than it can handle, particularly the Southeast. It would not be easy or cheap, but finding a way to send all that excess water out west would help keep the folks in the Southeast from getting flooded out of their homes over and over again, and would help us get something out of our water faucets.
How practical is this? I don’t know but Americans have shown time and again that “impractical” is not a barrier to doing something — and down the road, it turns out a lot more practical than the nay-sayers ever thought it would be.
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