Check out this article about nuclear power and one person's opinion about it from the newspaper this weekend. There's an interesting and challenging math problem about how to cool a potential reactor for a nuclear plant.
Excerpt from The Grand Forks Herald, Article: Q&A with Duane Sand: Ten thousand jobs from nuclear power
By Tom Dennis on Dec 19, 2015
"Now, here’s another water-related issue: The closest nuclear power plant to Chicago is the Dresden Generating Station. It’s on the confluence of two rivers; and every other year or so, the Army Corps of Engineers calls the officials at the plant to ask them to go “open cycle.”
The reason is that they want Dresden to suck from the river, then put heated water back into the river to thaw ice to prevent the flooding of homes.
Who’s to say we couldn’t do the same thing here? It doesn’t take a lot of warm water to melt a lot of cold ice. It would be a good project for someone at UND: How much water at 110 degrees would it take to thaw, say, 3 feet of ice for 200 miles? Remember, we could build a pipeline halfway up and start putting heated water in there, too."