We, the United States of America, do not have to have flooding and drought year after year after year with costs running into hundreds of billions of dollars, besides the horrendous loss of lives and valuable property and crops.
The president should initiate a WPA-type of program with the goal of building massive pipelines and canals to move flood waters to strategically located holding areas. These holding areas could have discharge systems to supply water to drought areas. Would this be a massive undertaking? Absolutely. But compare this mammoth project and expense to the alternative: loss of lives, critical farm land, homes, businesses and loss of employment.
I suggest this project could take up to 10 years, create millions of jobs, plus the benefits to manufacturers making the machinery, equipment, piping, etc., as long as we only purchase American products made in the U.S. by U.S. citizens. Many NASA engineers losing their jobs have the expertise in aerial technology with satellite imagery that could layout the holding areas within six months to one year. Naturally, I would demand first preference be given to returning veterans and unemployed U.S. citizen workers to fill required jobs. The U.S. still has stimulus money available in the billions of dollars to kick-start this project. We can move oil and gas thousands of miles; we can also move water. Farmers could buy this stored water at low costs to save their crops, ranchers to save their livestock, and this would help to defray construction costs.
To me, this would appear to be a common-sense solution to solve many ongoing problems. But here again, common sense seems to be lacking in the minds of so many politicians and bureaucrats. In the past year, I’ve sent a similar letter to President Obama and at least 20 U.S. representatives in both parties who have repeatedly claimed to be looking for ways and projects to lower unemployment. I have also e-mailed and directly called their offices in Washington, plus local offices, and have yet to receive a response.