Arizona Legislators Want to Ship Mississippi River Stormwater to the Colorado River

With Arizona bearing the brunt of the first round of drought-induced water cuts, with more sure to follow, the Arizona State Legislature is looking over the horizon for potential solutions.

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By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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"The Arizona Legislature on Tuesday made a formal request asking Congress to fund a study to determine the feasibility of pipelining Mississippi River floodwater to the Colorado River," reports the Mohave Valley Daily News.

Arizona representatives Tim Dunn (R-Yuma) and Leo Biasiucci (R-Lake Havasu City) are among the co-sponsors of House Concurrent Memorial 2004 (a legislative measure making a request or proposal).

The memorial is seeking Mississippi River water as a solution to ongoing shortages on the Colorado River as water levels reach historic lows in the two largest reservoirs on the river, Lake Powell and Lake Mead. The memorial also suggests that the pipeline could be used as stormwater infrastructure to prevent regular flooding along the Mississippi River.

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