[FoRK] The Great Drain

Kynan Shook kshook at cae.wisc.edu
Sat Jun 28 12:23:54 PDT 2008

On Jun 28, 2008, at 2:00 PM, Stephen Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
> I can understand worry about draining lots of flow from pristine  
> areas,
> although some of that is probably doable with little impact.  I can  
> see
> no negative environmental impact of draining would-be flood waters  
> from
> towns around the Mississippi, for instance.

I can think of one reason why I wouldn't want that floodwater - it may  
contain my poop.  Several times recently, our storm sewers overflowed  
into the sanitary sewers (at least once during the rains, exceeding  
sewage processing capacity, causing raw sewage to be dumped) and more  
was released just the other day when a pump moving half of Madison's  
sewage lost both its power feeds simultaneously.  I'm sure Madison  
isn't the only place that had to do so.  Not to mention, all the  
runoff from dairy farms in the area is sure to leave a special taste  
in the water.

There's no point in moving that water all the way if you can't use it  
for cooking, washing, or drinking.  How about instead moving the  
people to the water?  Especially considering that one day's worth of  
water for one person weighs much more than one person does, it'd be  
far cheaper.

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