The great idea of building a 360-mile aqueduct to supply water from the Missouri River to parched parts of southwest Kansas appears to have dried up.
Blame it on the intense heat from the $18 billion construction cost and $1 billion needed to annually operate the system. The Kansas Water Office said the proposed aqueduct from Doniphan County to Utica isn’t feasible, The Associated Press reports.
There also was that little matter of Missouri folks being opposed to the concept. The concrete ditch would have had 15 pumping stations.
Kansas officials had asked the Army Corps of Engineers to provide updated costs for the 1982 project. If it had been approved, it would have taken 20 years to finish.
Unlike the Keystone XL pipeline, which was meant to carry crude oil from Canada, the Kansas aqueduct would have created a lot of beneficial jobs for the Sunflower State and wouldn’t have posed the toxic problems that had worried environmentalists.
There would only be that little problem of lowering the water levels of the Missouri River, which many who depend on the river for barge traffic say already is too low.