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