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
Octavio Acosta Martinez spends most of his day along the Rio Grande tending to 15 milk cows and doing odd jobs on a 70-hectare farm just north of Matamoros.
He said he enjoys the river there. It is peaceful. He said the cartels don't bother you unless you bother them. They are like anyone else and are just doing their job.
That was good enough for us and we spent the day making miles. We are now less than 15 river miles from Brownsville. Keith got a surprise gift in the form of Tecate beer on ice delivered to the river side. He has never had such river side hospitality. But he was not surprised. The folks of the Valley are the nicest folks he has ever met.
Thank you, Samantha Moore and Elizabeth Heise of U.T. Brownsville.
It's going to be hard to say good-bye to this river.
Note: Colin's dissolved oxygen meter is not working, so that number is not correct.
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As they travel, Colin and Erich are taking water samples for the following periodic water quality tests. In partnership with The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment’s Texas Stream Team Program at Texas State University, the results will be added to a public database it helps maintain for research and monitoring water quality.
While making his way to the Gulf of Mexico, Colin will be periodically activating a device that uses satellite technology to share his current location. Use this map to see where he traveled on this day.
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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.