A group of Republicans in the New Hampshire statehouse are unhappy with the way the Suncook River is flowing these days. Their solution is to force it to flow back up to its original channel, which is, on average 10 to 15 feet higher than where it is now.

Normally, I would say that any half-wit knows water won’t flow uphill, but apparently not these half-wits. It’s probably only a coincidence that the Tea Party has gained a lot of support among the state’s Republicans.

According to an article in today’s Concord Monitor, the Suncook River flooded over its banks in 2006, and started to flow along a new channel in Epsom. It also cuts through a sandpit in the area, resulting in erosion and a build-up of silt farther downstream. That, in turn, is causing more frequent flooding in places that had not previously experienced any.

The price tag for the Republican “plan” – if you can call it that – is $7 million, in a state that’s already facing a $900 million budget deficit, and no one is willing to go out on a limb to say it will work. The best the proponents can say is “probably,” though there’s not a shred of technical information to back that up.

And it’s not as if the state’s ignoring the problem. The state Department of Environmental Services that would spend $850,000 to help control the erosion problem, and another $2 million along with federal matching monies to help buy up the flood-prone properties.

After the flooding in New Orleans, in the Midwest, and elsewhere in recent years, it seemed to me that people were beginning to learn that you simply can’t make a river go where it doesn’t want to. I’ve come across stories of neighborhoods, and even whole towns, relocating out of floodplains to higher ground. Too bad these guys don’t seem to have gotten the message. They still think they can “tame” nature.