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

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A houseboat sits anchored on the banks of Lake Powell.
A houseboat sits anchored on the banks of Lake Powell.

Regarding the Mississippi water letters of June 26, citizens of Louisiana and Mississippi south of the Old River Control Structure don’t need all that water. All it does is cause flooding and massive tax expenditures to repair and strengthen dikes.

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

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

This would take 254 days to fill. 

Lake Mead has a somewhat larger shortage, about 8 trillion gallons, but it could be filled in about 370 days at 250,000 gallons/sec.

Within a year and eight months of the aqueduct’s finish, both reservoirs would be filled and most of the Southwest’s water problems would be gone. We built a California aqueduct that saved Southern California and a crude oil pipeline across Alaska that were far more difficult than this proposal.

Don Siefkes, San Leandro 

Don't waste time protesting the Supreme Court

Protests against the Supreme Court will do little. These so-called "judges" could care less about human rights and are fake lawyers promoting right-wing causes.

They do not care about women. They do not care about children being slaughtered in schools and folks being shot down while shopping.  They do not care.

The only remedy to all of this is to vote. Human rights folks and those wanting to ban awful, unnecessary, human-killing assault weapons must register to vote.

Let's promote voting for progressives this fall like you have never done before.  Scream and holler if you must.  Our lives depend on it.

Rob Westwood, Rancho Mirage  

Frank Bogert statue's new home should be the Village Green

Who attended the Palm Springs Historical Society presentation at the Cultural Center in April titled, 'The Evolution of Human Rights in Palm Springs, a Timeline and Historical Perspective"? Not many, and I didn’t notice any council members or members of the local Human Rights Commission. I hope I’m mistaken. But probably not, as Frank Bogert's statue would be staying in front of city hall had they all been there.

The Palm Springs Historical Society is an apolitical, truth-telling, fact-preserving entity. And the facts tell the accurate story of Section 14, not the political storm version. But the decision is made. Now where does he go?

The obvious, common-sense choice is the Village Green, alongside 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 nexus — a pleasure to visit for tourists and locals alike.

This is the perfect place for the statue of the mayor responsible for establishing Palm Springs as a global tourist magnet. A patch of downtown dedicated to all of Palm Springs history without 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 Lake Powell in less than a year via Mississippi aqueduct