Water conservation

Sharing Mississippi water with California would feed America

A recent edition of The Desert Sun contained two letters opposing the routing of water from the Mississippi River to the Colorado River and then to California. While I understand water rights, but global warming has introduced new priorities.

California uses 34 million acre-feet of water annually for agriculture. About 33% of vegetables and 66% of fruits and nuts are produced in California for national consumption. Every year our reception of rain and snow gets worse. A drive down Interstate 5 shows how much land has gone fallow due to lack of water. Sharing water would go a long way toward ensuring California can feed the nation.

Al Lewis, Rancho Mirage

A look at the figures around the waters of the Mississippi River

The idea of ​​diverting water from the Mississippi to the Colorado River Basin is a great one, but also incredibly expensive. Here are some facts to put into perspective many of the opinions already expressed here:

  • The California Aqueduct carries approximately 13,000 cubic feet per second through the Central Valley;
  • the Colorado River at Lees Ferry flows between 7,000 and 14,000 cfs;
  • the Mississippi at Vicksburg ranges from 400,000 to 1.2 million cfs.

An aqueduct running from the lower Mississippi to the Colorado River (via the tributary of the San Juan River, at Farmington, New Mexico), with the same capacity as the California Aqueduct, would roughly double the flow of the latter while taking only 1 to 3% of the flow of the first.

Talk about a job-creating infrastructure project that rivals the engineering prodigies that our country is famous for. Yes, that would be extremely expensive. But in the face of continued and worsening drought and the continued growth of cities in the desert southwest, is there a better idea out there?

Jim Pettegrew, Placitas, New Mexico

If the officials accept the surf park, no one will retain the water

I find it interesting that households need to monitor how much water they use for washing clothes, watering lawns, washing cars, etc. You tell golf courses how much water they can use, but one of the largest wave pools in the world is okay?

If the authorities approve this, the backlash will cause everyone to use as much water as necessary. Don’t bother sending conservation notices; they will be ignored. We need to save water, but not a ridiculous wave park that will probably go bankrupt? Who will come to the desert and use it?

Seniors do not frequent wave parks. I wonder how it got there, what interests are served and who benefits. Certainly not the surrounding municipalities.

Every day we hear about water conservation, restrictions. Anyone who thinks we can drain the aquifer and survive is grossly misinformed.

What if our droughts get worse? No one has noticed how the desert is getting warmer, let alone the increase in fires in our area.

We are already in a severe drought. We must protect our water supply, at all costs, and give up our financial gains.

Christine Mazza, LaQuinta