If the drought continues for an extended period of time, which it probably will, then this country could be faced with a famine.

Rivers such as the Arkansas are quickly disappearing, forcing farmers to use wells, which deplete groundwater faster than it can be replaced.

In time, the only solution for this drought and future ones is to build desalination plants, which convert seawater to fresh water. At a time when the polar ice caps are melting, we are guaranteed that the supply will never run out.

Protecting our ability to feed ourselves should be considered a matter of national security, and land should be set aside for the desalination plants and their pipelines.

After the land is set aside, a organization similar to the Tennessee Valley Authority should be created to build these plants and thousands of miles of pipeline. Then and only then will our food sources be secure.

Samual K. Foster