Water’s For Fightin’ – Continued: Should Minnesotans Solve Western Water Woes? Is it Even Possible?

December 3, 2022

Above, part 2 of a very well done series from KARE in Minneapolis.
In part 1, the station sent a reporter to look at the drought crisis in the southwest (see below) – in the segment above, Minnesotans grapple with actual initiatives to ship midwest water to the parched west.
Turns out the idea is not popular in the Midwest. But it’s going to keep coming up, as folks who have located in climate-compromised areas feel entitled to get bailed out, both financially, and hydrologically, by the rest of us – who have our own problems.

This week’s NOAA Drought Monitor shows that dry conditions extend over much of the lower 48.

Below, I’ve posted the Part 1 video, which is a very well done overview of the Colorado River crisis in the Southwest, and also, a separate examination of proposals to draw Mississippi River water to the west.

Finally, on the Mississippi diversion proposals.

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2 Responses to “Water’s For Fightin’ – Continued: Should Minnesotans Solve Western Water Woes? Is it Even Possible?”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    At the very least, not one drop should be shipped until the Southwest has improved their water efficiency, and that include sensible water rights management and other incentives to do more with less.

    BTW, there’s a difference in cost between unprocessed irrigation water and water treated to be potable. That is, a swimming pool full of utility water is much costlier than the comparable amount used in the field, and often spends most of its time just evaporating in the hot dry desert air.

    In most American cities we use drinking water to flush our toilets, water our yards and wash our cars. That can pass in water-rich communities, but desert communities need to make a distinction between potable and non-potable uses and implement the infrastructure like Paris has.

    https://iwaponline.com/ws/article-abstract/3/3/193/25869/Operation-of-dual-drinking-and-non-potable-water

  2. Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

    Many mentions of transporting Mississippi excess water. Anybody mentioned to these people that the river is drying up?


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