Western States Want to Steal Our Water

File in this in the dumb idea of the week category. The New York Times reports the federal Bureau of Reclamation has suggested building a pipeline 600 miles across Kansas to pump water from the Missouri River into reservoirs in the Denver area. 

This report comes just two weeks after fears that barge traffic on the Mississippi River below St. Louis would have to be suspended because of low river levels as a result of already low releases from upstream on the Missouri. 

It’s not Missourians fault that people chose to develop an area that’s water-poor. I’ve got a better idea – instead of stealing our water, don’t over-develop places that can’t support it.