Yesterday a few brave people faced the bitter cold and 45 mph winds to come to the library to watch Part 2 of Ken Burns’ documentary on the Dust Bowl. It covered the years after 1935 including the instigation of government programs which allowed some people to eat and stay on their farms.
It also began a discussion on future water concerns for the area and the Ogallala Aquifer. If you have access to Kansas Kontact, (published by the Kansas Farmers Union, Winter 2015) or the Jan. 28 issue of the Edwards County Sentinel, you might be interested in an article written by Tom Parker. It seems that one proposal to augment the aquifer has been put forth by the Kansas Aqueduct Coalition. They “envision a lock and dam intake structure on the Missouri River near White Cloud pumping water to a nearby 13,000 acre source reservoir….Water would flow 360 miles in a zigzag route through a concrete lined canal 280′ wide and 23′ deep. Fifteen pump stations would be necessary to lift the water about 1,600′ to a 25,000 acre terminal reservoir near Utica….”
Sounds expensive, perhaps impractical, and to my kayaking heart, tragic in the loss of a natural river. Maybe this topic will come up in the April 12 discussion series meeting. Wondering what your thoughts are? Meanwhile, hope to see you this Sunday, Feb. 8, 2-5 at the library for a discussion on the Burns’ film and Caroline Henderson’s letters.