The Rio Grande is disappearing. Demand for water is growing as snow packs shrink, rain patterns shift and average temperatures rise faster than they ever have in the past 11,000 years.Read more
Erich and I are taking a break from the Rio Grande and from posting blogs for the next week. We have logistics to work on and research to do. We also need to catch up with loved ones. I’ll be heading back to the river on Aug. 6 to meet with Pueblo leaders and ask for permission to paddle across their lands. Erich should be able to follow a few days after and we will hopefully be paddling again by Aug. 10.
Above is a photo that Erich took of himself sleeping on the sand dunes of Monahans Sandhills State Park, where we stopped on the drive from Albuquerque to Austin yesterday.
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To report on and understand the haphazard irrigation system the Rio Grande has become and the changes it is going through, Colin decided the best approach would be to travel the length of the Rio Grande by foot and small boat.
He knew it would give him a unique perspective on a river that few understand. It did require many long days of moving slowly and camping on muddy riverbanks, but Colin likes that sort of thing.
The benefit was it provided access to people who wanted to share their stories and experiences with the Rio Grande. Via Facebook and chance encounters, Colin made instant friends who opened their homes. They provided help from loaning their trucks to their cell phone contact lists to help tell the story of the Rio Grande.
The trip would not have been possible without their help, along with the dedicated assistance of David Lozano, Jason Jones and Daniel Dibona, who drove thousands of miles to get people and boats in place.