Posted: 5/9/2012 2:32:20 PM
Originally Posted by ruffcutter2006:
kudos for thinking big...but the volume of water is so immense that you would be talking about literally 100's of billions of tons of soil and perhaps only move the flooding problem elsewhere. Elevation differences from the upper mississippi valley to the texas high plains would require excavation hundreds of feet deep...even if ppssible from an engineering viewpoint, I think we are talking trillions of dollars, literally.
It will cost alot of money for sure. I doubt it would hit the trillion dollar mark.
If done big enough there could be long term business opportunities along the whole way.
Our era needs a 'Hoover Dam' type project to stimulate the economy anyway.
I imagine that at least a trillion has already been spent over the last half century dealing with the issue already. If we do nothing, several billion more will be spent in a short time period.