We can't say who'll win the presidential election this fall, but at least one candidate has expressed a willingness to address the issues surrounding water quality and quantities, head-on. You can believe who you want.
Promises in an election year come more easily said, than done. But given the chance that the Mississippi River basin is needed to fend off the effects of a La Nina drought, or of those certain to come, the Southwest may not be the only region wishing to participate in making overdue improvements. A financial instrument of some sort would be necessary to give federal guarantees to underwriting Hoover Dam-sized projects, and also to those of a lesser need, down to municipal crisis.
A Minnesota task force could draw up a list of our own 'hot spots' in quality and quantity, but it's important to bear in mind the ways that Minnesota may be called upon to contribute effort in national and regional water mitigation projects that would redirect Mississippi waters away from its vast natural flush to sea, and into a modified retention and recycling plan for our nation as a whole.
Naturally, we can't have 30 million Californians cross the Rockies in search of water, homes, and jobs. But east of them, much talent and labor might be called upon to innovate solutions which have not yet been dreamed of. A Minnesota Water Task Force should start dreaming right now. Leadership is not only decision-making and responsibility; it's vision that guides them.
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