With the drought in the southwestern states and rumours of secret manoeuvrings by politicians and multinational corporations to gain control of Canada's fresh water, I remember reading articles in the 1950s about the same water diversion plans. Thomas William Kierans worked out the details for the James Bay diversion of water to the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.
Another plan was to dam the British Columbia East Columbia and East Kootenai River Valley north of Libby, Montana creating a six hundred mile reservoir with the water diverted by canals and tunnels nine hundred miles to the Colorado River.
Thomas William Kierans. FCSCE, P. Eng. is an engineer and innovator. He is the originator and principal proponent of the Great Recycling and Northern Development Canal or Grand Canal. Kierans is a Montreal native and 1939 McGill University Mining Engineering graduate. As a student he prospected by canoe and bush aircraft across Canada’s northlands. From graduation to 1967 he lived in Ontario working for eighteen years at Inco mines, smelters, and refineries and specializing in industrial safety and rock mechanics. From 1957 to 1967 he was mining and water resources consulting engineer and visited most mines in Canada twice each year. That experience led him to decide that his eventual home would be in St. John’s Newfoundland.
"Kierans recognized the increasing greenhouse effects since the 1930s “dust bowl” were a clear indication that fast-growing Canadian and United States populations would require a new, large, controllable, environment-friendly source of fresh water to stabilize shared Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River water levels and to bring an end to the widespread and worsening water deficits and flooding in both nations. To meet this need, Kierans used proven experience for the Netherlands and California to design his Great Recycling and Northern Development Canal concept in the 1950s. This would recycle (not divert) some of the extensive and harmful run-off currently going to Canada’s Hudson Bay, to the Great Lakes from a new, sea-level freshwater dike enclosure in James Bay. This should substantially increase Canada’s freshwater supply, improve Hudson Bay, east coast environments, fisheries and shipping. However, despite Quebec’s former Premier Bourassa’s and prominent engineering groups’ endorsement of the detailed study of his concept, as well as an invitation to outline it to the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2001, some Canadian authorities still failed to understand basic differences between run-off recycling compared to potentially harmful headwater diversions (or they simply feared joint water management with the U.S.).
In 1967, Kierans was invited by project owner CFL Co to be Mining Engineer responsible for underground design at the 5500 megawatt Churchill Falls Hydropower Project in Labrador. His duties were expanded to include project safety and environment protection. He organized detailed studies on the environmental impacts of diverting some of the Naskaupi River headwaters to the project’s Smallwood Reservoir.
In 1973, he was appointed Professor of Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) where he worked with Newfoundland and Labrador on the 1975 attempt at a hydropower-only crossing of the Strait of Belle Isle., chaired the Environmental Committee on Brinco’s Kitts-Michelin uranium project, and was on the Editorial Board of the American Society Of Civil Engineers’ Manual on Nuclear Structures And Materials. In 1978, he proposed comprehensive underground and surface development of St. John’s Southside Hills and founded Friends Of St. John’s Harbour, the first public group to promote much needed clean-up of that historic Canadian seaport. He was the founding Chairman of the Newfoundland and Labrador Peat Association and worked with MUN and several industry representatives to initiate the University’s Seabright Corporation cooperation with industry.
In 1978, he retired from MUN to be the Director of the Alexander Graham Bell Institute at the University College of Cape Breton. In 1983, he founded Deltaport Limited to create a very large, mid-ocean, floating, sea and air base using tetrahedral space frames. A floating dock built for such research on the MUN side of St. John’s Long Pond is still in use for recreational purposes. From 1989 to 1991, he was technical advisor to Canada’s Environment Department for the Fixed Link to Prince Edward Island.
He is a life member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEG-NL), Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE), the Canadian Institute of Mining Metallurgy and Petroleum and other professional groups. He was awarded PEG-NL’s Order of Merit for 2000 and in 2001 received a CSCE fellowship. He currently authors three websites that reflect his interest in large-scale joint North American water management, floating mid-ocean sea-air bases, and the proposed Newfoundland-Labrador fixed link. He is the father of nine children and a citizen of both Canada and Ireland.”
The 1956 Columbia River Treaty has been much discussed and is currently up for renegotiations. British Columbia received $300 million and an Army Corps of Engineers plan for building twenty dams on the Canadian headwaters of the Columbia River for power generation and flood control. It was a Cold War project to maintain water levels at the Grand Coulee Dam so the Alcoa plant could smelt aluminum for Boeing. The Arrow Lakes suffered a radical change in hydrology and ecology. There is a dead zone ringing these lakes. The nutrient levels dropped and fish populations plummeted. The salmon migration was destroyed and the Columbia River which had the greatest migrations of salmon of any river in the world lost billions of dollars. It is questionable if the use of dams for flood control was necessary. The Fraser River north of the Columbia River is nearly the same size and it has no dams. Levees are used for flood control. The Fraser has lots of salmon.
The same water included in the Columbia River Treaty and claimed by British Columbia, Washington State, Oregon, Idaho and Montana would be additionally claimed by Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California if Kierans' plan for the western states went forward. As it stands now, every drop of water in the Colorado River is used. Little of the Colorado River water reaches Mexico. The north-west could be drained to supply the south-west's needs.
Most Canadians see The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as a way for Americans to grab Canadian water. It is a sensitive issue. Kierans' ideas were floated at a time when North American Amalgamation was also floated. Polls showed both Canadians and American were against unification. This was the McCarthy Era and Canada was pink on most maps and pinko in politics. Amalgamation of North America has been part of a New World Order plan leading towards One World Government.
In Canada, waterways are under federal jurisdiction yet the Province of British Columbia sold power generation on many of its rivers over the past ten years to corporations. "The Run of The River" project allows turbines to be placed in rivers for power generation. The corporations own the power generating capacity, but do not own the water yet. Under NAFTA rules, corporations can sue the federal government and overturn environmental and constitutional laws if they impede their ability to make a profit. It could be a matter of a few years when Canadian water will be a commodity sold by corporations to Los Angeles and Phoenix without environmental or political considerations. Kierans did not want corporations ruling over governments.
With Free Energy desalination, the recycling of water would provide abundant water to the southern USA. The technology already exists and the era of mega projects damming rivers to generate power and divert water is not needed. In a Free Energy world, the need for a One World Government is unnecessary. A One World Government would act to prevent Free Energy from coming into being. Likewise a world ruled by corporations would move to maximize profits and prevent Free Energy development. With Free Energy. many corporations would close.
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