Water Pipeline, USA, East to West: Keep Lake Meade full and the Colorado river estuary vibrant with life
East to West Water Pipeline. Prevents flooding, drought and saves lives.
President Donald Trump said in his state of the union address last Tuesday, January 30, 2018: “Together, we can reclaim our building heritage. We will build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways, and waterways across our land. And we will do it with American heart, American hands, and American grit.”
Waterways: Build the East to West water pipeline from the Mississippi river to the head waters of the Colorado river to minimize flooding in the eastern states and relieve the drought suffering states in the west. Farmers of western america will no longer suffer from lack of water and disasters due to flooding in mid-west flood zones will be drastically reduced. Building the water pipeline will provide jobs. Water pipelines will not cause much of an environmental impact. Maybe a few leaks here and there. Just water. Nothing hazardous. It will actually help the wild life.
The states of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah are always in desperate need of water. According to the California Agricultural Production Statistics over a third of America’s vegetables and two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts are grown in California. They are already depleting the Sacramento river and San Joaquin river. The salinity of the San Francisco Bay is increasing yearly. Already much of waters of So. California for irrigation is taken from the Colorado river. The water distribution of the Colorado river water is controlled mostly by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
As the Colorado river flows through Nevada, most of it’s water is contained in Lake Mead.
Lake Mead located in (Mohave County, Arizona and Clark County, Nevada) is at its lowest as of 2015. The hoover dam depends on the water level of lake mead. The water level of lake mead has been gradually depleted. The reservoir stores water for parts of Arizona, Southern California, southern Nevada and northern Mexico — all of which have endured a 15-year drought.
This pipeline guarantees that Lake Mead will stay full at all times. With the availability of water, the fertile lands of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah will produce enough food to feed America and still be capable to produce enough surplus for export to other countries. To accomplish this the water pipelines must be built.
Lake mead is totally dependent on rain, snow and the flow of the Colorado river. The cycle of drought will never go away. And the consumption of water will just always increase. As more water from the Colorado is consumed, only a trickle of water is left to flow down to the sea of cortez. The estuary of the Colorado river is mostly dry now, located in Baja California, Mexico. This is where the Colorado river meets the sea of Cortez.
The Cucapa (Cocopah) indians who farmed and fished here, no longer can sustain their way of life. The desert is taking over the area. The lush wetland is gone. The Cucapa (Cocopah) lived in the delta for over 1,000 years and lush flora and fauna sustained them. Now most of the tribes people have left and there are less than 200 left and within a few more years they will be gone, unless the water pipelines are built. Before the great reservoir and the hoover dam was built, boats from the sea of Cortez sailed up to the mouth of Colorado river.
With this sustainable water management, the fresh water from the Colorado river will abundantly meet the salty water of the Sea of Cortez or Gulf of California once more. The fishing industry for the community in that area will flourish again as it did. Nobody loses in this water pipeline project. The entire United States of America benefits. Even the country of Mexico will benefit. Not to mention the revival of the ecology in the estuary. This is Universal stewardship.
Every year flooding disasters happen in central and eastern United States. Lives are lost. We can’t put a dollar value to peoples lives. Some of these flooding can be avoided if these pipelines are installed. The excess water can be diverted.
IMMEDIATE BENEFITS FROM THE WATER PIPELINE:
✅ Lake Mead will always be full.
✅ Hoover dam will never be at risk of running out of power.
✅ The Sea of Cortez estuary will flourish as it has flourished prior to the construction of the hoover dam. Since the construction of the hoover dam, the salinity of the sea of cortez has risen and many wildlife at the estuary can’t be found anymore. There isn’t enough water to sustain the wildlife.
✅ The vegetable and fruit growers of Southern California can flourish and expand without worry of water supply.
✅ Farming can flourish in Utah, Southern Nevada, Southwestern Arizona and western New Mexico. The desert can be easily irrigated.
✅ Farming can flourish in Baja Califonia, Mexico north of the estuary.
✅ The fishing industry in the delta will flourish.
The pipeline will start in Davenport, Iowa. This will be approximately 868 miles of pipeline. At 5,280 feet per mile the pipe line will be about 4,583,040 feet long. The average current cost of a “36 inch x 20 Foot Corrugated N-12 Pipe” is $14,000.00. The pipeline will need about 229,152 pipes at an approximate cost of $3,208,128,000.00 billion dollars. Using concrete pipes will be much cheaper. About a third of the price. The pipeline will need two of these lines. This will bring up the cost of the pipes to $6,416,256,000.00. Pump stations (wind generated) will be installed every 50 miles to pump the water to the higher elevation. Construction cost, legal fees, and all the other costs will more than likely more than double the cost. Even tripling the cost to $20 billion, this project is still worth the investment.
Diminishing the disaster and flooding costs in the east coast which is already well worth the $20 billion to be spent on the pipeline. Not to mention the billions of dollars per year that the states of California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico will generate. Plus the farming profits of the country of Mexico that will be generated from this abundance of water.
The loss of the fresh water that flowed freely to the estuary have reduced the delta wetlands to only about 5% of what it used to be. The native forest of cottonwood and willow is gone.