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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 8, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Western drought: Pump Northwest water to states in need

With California in serious drought, and likely to remain chronically short of fresh water, I think a pipeline from the Northwest to California should be seriously considered [“More drought forecast next year across West,” Nation & World, Sept. 21].

Every year, the rivers in the Northwest send billions of gallons water into the Pacific Ocean. A sea-level pipeline, perhaps a short distance offshore, could take some of that water to California, using very little energy.

Building a pipeline could provide California with the low-cost water it obviously needs, generate revenues for Oregon and Washington and create jobs in the process.

And, certainly the possibility of a leak wouldn’t present anything like the environmental risk of a leak from oil and gas pipelines.

Peter Jeming, Seattle

Comments | More in Drought | Topics: California, drought, oregon

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