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Then there's just ALL that water! I have a solution that could generate thousands of jobs: hauling jobs, construction jobs, water purification jobs, etc - what if there was a way to capture as much water as possible with pipelines, trucks, trains any container we can find. Heck, make containers to do just that and moveable pipelines to syphon off excess water...even more jobs created! Move the excess to areas that are facing drought or prone to forest fires, store it in massive reservoirs allowing the earth to filter it naturally or into container farms similar to the sewage treatment plant on Boston Harbor, clean up the water and use it to water lawns, golf courses which are notorious for their water abuse, use it for watering crops or anything that "grey water" could be used for. Of course there are lots of groups, people and government red tape that would be against it or hamstring it for one reason or another.
After the massive outbreak of spring tornados this year I also got to thinking. You know how they always say if you are outside and see a tornado coming head for a ditch...so what if you built dirt ramps around your house so the tornado skips up and over, or if you built you house so it drastically slopes - maybe half the house built into a hill. Of course the best thing would be to have one of those fabulous hobbit houses. I'd like one but realize they are not for everyone.
While these seem like light-hearted or simplistic solutions I think they, or some version of them, could work with considerable tweeking and wonder why we always just go back to building the same old thing that will get washed or blown away again. Plus I have to say it really fries my bacon to see all the housing construction materials etc piled up in the trash. We chopped down a lot of trees for those houses and now we have to chop down many more, seems incredibly foolish. One thing I do know is that the storms and water problems of this year has hit people who are already working so hard to make life work and my heart goes out to them. Lives and dreams have been lost and it's just so painful.