Former Utah Sen. Frank Moss is seeking to revive interest in a massive project, proposed in the 1960s, to transport water south from Alaska and Canada.
"Perhaps the current drought will spur some action toward long-term solutions like the North American Water and Power Alliance," Moss said at a news conference Friday.The project calls for canals to draw water from north-flowing rivers and to transport it south to help irrigate the agricultural regions of Canada, the United States and northern Mexico.
But Moss admitted that the project is no immediate solution to the drought now plaguing North America. It would take an about 20 years to complete the project at a cost estimated, in 1964, of $80 billion. Based simply on inflation, that would translate to a cost of $303 billion today.
The environmental impact of transferring billions of gallons of water from one region to another also has not been studied, acknowledged Moss and Nicholas F. Benton, who said he represented a committee promoting the project.
Benton, who described himself as a journalist for the Century News Service, contended that plenty of water is available in the north.
However, he was unable to produce any figures to back that assertion.