We could fill Lake Powell in less than a year with a Mississippi River aqueduct

A houseboat is anchored on the shores of Lake Powell.

A houseboat is anchored on the shores of Lake Powell.

Regarding the Mississippi water letters of June 26, residents of Louisiana and Mississippi south of the Old River Control Structure don’t need all that water. It just causes flooding and huge tax expenditures to repair and strengthen levees.

The best solution would be for the US Army Corps of Engineers to build an aqueduct from the Old River Control Structure on the Mississippi to Lake Powell, fill it, and from there send more water down the Colorado to fill Lake Mead.

About 4.5 million/gals per second flow past that structure on the Mississippi. As mentioned, New Orleans has a problem with so much water anyway, so let’s divert 250,000 gallons/sec to Lake Powell, which is currently short of 5.5 trillion gallons.

This would take 254 days.

Lake Mead has a slightly larger deficit, about 8 trillion gallons, but it could be replenished at 250,000 gallons/sec in about 370 days.

Within a year and eight months of the aqueduct’s completion, both reservoirs would have been filled and most of the Southwest’s water problems would have been resolved. We built a California aqueduct that saved Southern California and a crude oil pipeline through Alaska that was much more difficult than this proposal.

Don Siefkes, San Leandro

Don’t waste your time protesting the Supreme Court

Protests against the Supreme Court will be of little use. These so-called “judges” could care less about human rights and are fake lawyers promoting right-wing causes.

They don’t care about women. They don’t care about children being butchered in schools and people being shot while shopping. They don’t care.

The nothing but remedy for all this is to vote. Human rights people and those who want to ban horrible, unnecessary, human-killing assault weapons must register to vote.

This fall, let’s promote voting for progressives like you’ve never done before. Yell and yell if you must. Our lives depend on it.

Rob Westwood, Rancho Mirage

The new home of the statue of Frank Bogert should be the Village Green

Who attended the Palm Springs Historical Society presentation at the Cultural Center in April entitled, “The Evolution of Human Rights in Palm Springs, a Timeline and Historical Perspective”? Not much, and I don’t have any councilors or members of the local Human Rights Commission I hope I’m wrong, but probably not because the statue of Frank Bogert would be in front of City Hall if they were all there.

The Palm Springs Historical Society is an apolitical, truth-telling, fact-preserving entity. And the facts tell the correct Section 14 story, not the political storm version. But the decision has been made. Where is he going now?

The obvious, sensible choice is the Village Green, next to the McCallum Adobe, the Cornelia White House, next to the Historical Society and near the Welwood Murray Memorial Library research center. It’s a cultural, historical connection — a joy to visit for tourists and locals alike.

This is the perfect spot for the statue of the mayor responsible for establishing Palm Springs as a global tourist magnet. A slice of downtown dedicated to all of Palm Springs history with no bias or agenda. Just history for all to see and appreciate.

Karen Braff, Palm Springs

This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: We can reach Lake Powell in less than a year via the Mississippi Aqueduct

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