Water Plan of 1968" would have collected water from the
Mississippi River and distributed it throughout East and West
Texas via a network of canals and dams. The project was
initiated because of the devastating draughts that Texas
experienced in the 1950's. It's detractors classified it
as a boondoggle and it ultimately failed.
California was and
still is heavily criticized for being liberal (unlike Texas)
but we did pass the California Aqueduct Project in the 1960's
which resulted in the Central Valley becoming the largest
producer of fruits, vegetables, and nuts in the world.
The recent West Coast draught has been a challenge, but once
an extension of the aqueduct is completed in the next dozen
years, additional supplies of water will be added to the
current system. Of course, the current ample rain and
snow fall in California may have unfortunately removed some of
the sense of urgency.
During a recent
draught in Texas, I looked up the stat's agricultural exports
and they were "$0". Yes, that is zero dollars. In
fact, millions of live stock had to be slaughtered prematurely
or left to die in the fields. What an absolute disaster
and it is Texas's fault. Just a total lack of foresight.
It also makes me
wander that if all the excess water from the Mississippi River
had been drained off during the flooding season, the floods in
new Orleans might have never happened. While the Texas
Water Plan was expensive, it would have already paid for
itself a thousand times.
In hind sight, it
looked like a slam dunk, but I remember as a teenager thinking
that the California Aqueduct was a brilliant idea. I
remember even writing a paper about it in school. Texas
has now really proven itself to be "state of stupid".
Watch out Chris Christi, your rejection of the transportation
tunnel from New Jersey to New York City may also prove be a
pretty bad mistake some day.