OK. I admit it. I have a weakness for grand solutions to grand problems. I first heard about this back in the 80s and out of curiosity thought I'd Google to see how progress was coming along.
Considering the state of environmental politics not to mention international boundaries, I'm sad but not surprised to report, not much has happened since I first read about it. Here's the only reference I could find...
The Rocky Mountain Plan
So what IS the Rocky Mountain Plan? It's nothing less than diverting water all the way from the Arctic Circle, and spreading it across the mid-western United States and even into California, Texas and Mexico. Here's a summary. I'm posting it here because grand ideas shouldn't die just because they are grand (note the 2200 foot drop for energy production).
"The Rocky Mountain Plan, conceived by William G. Dunn, Consulting Engineer, is a potential massive, international water and power development project that would distribute water and power throughout the West from Canada to the Mexican border.