The objective of the project is to manage the water level independently from the flow available, an alternative that seems has never been fully studied before.
It is possible to consider the overall arrangement of the St. Lawrence River as a series of about ten water basins or lakes, of which only four are already managed by control dams, in terms of water level and flow. This study will try to give an appreciation of how the four or five other lakes or reservoirs could be equipped with water control structures.
The project “Water from the North” aims to pool together the seasonal water surpluses of three major rivers in the Matagami area, very carefully and without draining any riverbed, then pumping this water on 52 meters before discharging it in the Ottawa River and St. Lawrence Basin. The mean flow diverted is around 800 MCS, or 2% of the waters of Quebec, which would be required to respond generously to the needs of a population of 153 million human beings.
NAWAPA entails a labor base of millions, much of which can be employed and begin work immediately. However today's youth generation is seriously under-equipped to face the challenge of the highly-skilled and highly-disciplined work required by the NAWAPA project.
This was a workable strategy as long as there was viable land and water available. The reality is, this is no longer the case and over the last forty years thousands of square miles of agricultural land have been taken out of production and the water that supported it diverted to other uses without being adequately replaced. In many cases of irrigated farmland, subdivided for residential and/or recreational purposes, there are consequences that seem to have gone relatively unnoticed or at best, not fully understood and addressed.
By Chuck Wojcik
Based on the past year's river flooding, it appears that some flood control projects, or river control systems should be built in the Midwestern plains.
This piping, pumping system would be the connecting link that would create a circulating loop between the Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Mississippi River systems. Additionally it would provide the capability to supply replenishment water to the Ogallala Aquifer.
Put forward two generations before the building of the transcontinental railroad in the United States, Humboldt's conception shared much of the railroad's function in opening the interior of a continent to systematic development, and thus breaking the patterns of coast-based enclaves of colonial economy. Humboldt's vision is still not built today—although it is much discussed and studied.
The route of NAWAPA places many millions of acre-feet of water reservoirs within the Pacific "Rim of Fire." Will these reservoirs spark mega-earthquakes around this region, and spell doom for Man? As this report will demonstrate, quite the contrary, NAWAPA will open up a now atrophied science of geophysics to new discoveries, which bear on the relationship between processes deep within the Earth, and deep within the galaxy.
Our most basic and essential economic platform is the framework within which we produce food. We have not only exhausted the supply of our fertile and relatively easily cultivated farmland but have been systematically relegating it to lower priority uses, whereas buildings and streets do not require arable ground. Now we are faced with the prospect of developing land with higher input requirements in every form. The most critical of these is water and power. Water and power are the common denominators to all human activity and we have pretty well picked all the low hanging fruit and drank all the fresh, easily accessible water.
Had NAWAPA been adopted an implemented as proposed in the mid sixties it would have been completed and in full service by the mid nineties and most probably would have more than solved the water and land shortfalls we are confronted with today. NAWAPA will provide enough water and power to the western states to reverse the deficits of the last thirty years.
For the subject of this post, I would like to point attention to the data available from the NAWAPA design, in terms of both million acre feet of irrigated water for each Southwest state, as well as the data on the Southwest storage reservoirs, and pose a few questions which are addressed to those of you who have done research or have experience in water management, climate-weather studies, and other scientific considerations relating to managing water systems for agriculture, fishery, forestry, and soil restoration purposes.
Are there experts in each of the States of the Southwest who could illustrate the effects of the system described below, and together form a comprehensive picture of the total transformation, and where possible, a coordinated transformation?
by Dewitt Moss
If we look to advance the U. S. nuclear program beyond the existing water reactors, liquid metal (primarily Sodium) fast reactors should be considered because they can breed, have much higher power density per unit volume of core, the fuel can be processed on‐site and significantly reduce proliferation concerns. One concept, PRISM, as proposed, would use a dissolving and electroplating concept to reprocess spent stored fuel.
by Terry Bates
The magnitude of the Sawtooth Lift is mind boggling and the engineering challenges are daunting indeed. The pumps alone would be the largest ever made in terms of head and volume; on the order of 100,000 to 125,000 HP each and 750 cfs at 700 feet head. Fortunately, the individual lifts are such that complex multistage pumps will not be necessary. Thus a flooded suction, single volute design, will keep the costs down. Constraints limiting maximum pump size include, casting and machining limits, component weights, physical shipping envelope dimensions, pick weights (say 50 to 75 thousand pounds), motor limits, engineering, modeling, and testing.
By Thomas C. Taylor
Tunnels provide the key to the movement of water from as far north as the arctic and raise the water to effectively use the existing mountains and the northern regions of fresh water runoff now lost into the oceans. Tunnels are the links between large mountain reservoirs, rivers and canals used to transport water to where it is needed and wanted by others. The project builds wealth for our nation and strengths our economy, creates jobs that canʼt be exported overseas, effectively uses our natural resources, expands existing and new markets for America, and enhances the value of Americaʼs agricultural breadbasket that helps feed much of the world by providing increased irrigation and recharging of our underground aquifers.
Welcome to the NAWAPA BLOG.
On this discussion forum, engineers and scientists from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere, are discussing how best to implement the 1964 North American Water and Power Alliance design.
This implementation and design program is to serve as the cornerstone of a general economic recovery, and every aspect of that recovery is discussed here:
By redistributing vast amounts of water across almost every North American river basin, Mankind will not only be transforming the local characteristics of its various regions, but will be taking into his hands the fundamental relationships between Earth and Solar & Cosmic radiation. Only by such relationships becoming conscious objects of thought (and domains of action) will Mankind prepare for the deeper challenges which must be overcome as we expand our places of habitation and exploration out into the Solar System.