Letters Logo

Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

We sent men to the moon, dammed the Columbia River, built several interstate highways across our nation, constructed skyscrapers all over our country, built tunnels, constructed the Panama Canal. So why not build a pipeline or pipelines from Iowa to Wyoming?

I read Mr. Powell’s column on Oct. 31 about building a pipeline from the Mississippi River to furnish water to the Southwest. I remember the wife and I discussed the possibility.

I read Bruce Kile’s column in the Dispatch Jan. 30, which captivated my interest.

It is apparent that Mr. Kile did some research. Is it possible, and if so who would benefit? I believe it would definitely benefit the Southwest, our nation and Mexico, and in a lesser way, Canada. With the trade agreement, we would all benefit. Is it possible electric power could be generated on the west side of the Rocky Mountains, which could help power the pumps that would be needed to lift the water over the Rockies? I read once, and I do not remember where, that it was not possible. I am not an engineer and certainly do not have the knowledge to know if it can be done, but I believe it can be, based on the accomplishments of our nation in the past. I believe the Bureau of Reclamation and the Corps of Engineers should conduct a study to see if it is feasible.

The only drawback I can see is there would be more building of homes and the loss of more farm grounds, unless we can reach a happy medium.

Willie Johnson