from the Rocky Mountains east, I had a thought. I know this is a really "out there" idea, but it was prompted by another post which postulated "why can’t the flooding water be ‘pipe-lined’ to the areas which are in drought?". That got me to thinking, it wouldn’t need much pumping power to get excess water from the areas directly east of the Rocky Mountains, to areas west of the Mississippi. Those in Montana are at about 3 to 4,000 feet above sea level, and gravity alone could send that water to the southwest. Now, another thing I was thinking of was this; instead of just releasing the extra "overflow" water into the river system over spillways as we do now, why not build a large pipeline system which would use any extra to be directed back into the Ogallala aquifer. That would allow the river levels to remain at a constant, but not use the "spillway" water just as waste to dump into the system to just go downstream and cause problems for those living in the "flood plains". Since the 1950s we (American farmers) have depleted this aquifer by over 9%, which is thousands of years of accumulation, and that lowers the water level for all those who rely on it for irrigation so they have to pump the water from deeper and deeper. If we count on natural regeneration, we in the American farmland will probably deplete the aquifer in less than fifty years (?). However, if we directed the excess overflow from our existing dams toward the Ogallala and "dump it in" at some point in Nebraska with a deep water reverse well, we might be able to find a place for this water instead of just flushing it downstream to the Gulf. Now this would do a number of things that I can foresee. One, create infrastructure constuction jobs, ease the river level fluctuations, and replenish the Ogallala much faster than it will by normal seepage. That build-up took centuries, and we have depleted it in decades through irrigation.