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Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition

The Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition highlights how drought and water overuse are affecting the river. The trip retraces the 1977 National Geographic and Dartmouth College-sponsored expedition that was the first to navigate the entire 1,888-mile Rio Grande.

Climate change is shrinking the once mighty Rio Grande...

 


Hydrogeologist Allan Standen is looking for ways to find data about wells in Mexico so he can make a model of the aquifers in both countries. The model could then be used by communities on both sides of the river to work together to decide how the shared resource should be regulated. Photo by: Jessica Lutz

"The Rio Grande is woven into our nation's history and heritage, and a prime example of the consequences we face when outdated water management collides with climate change..."


"The Rio Grande is woven into our nation's history and heritage," says American Rivers President Bob Irvin, also a member of the 1977 National Geographic trip, who joined the trip this week through in Big Bend National Park to draw attention to the importance of the river and the impact climate change is having on rivers and water resources across the West. "It's a lifeline of the Southwest, irrigating crops, quenching the thirst of communities, and supporting imperiled fish and wildlife. The river is also a prime example of the consequences we face when outdated water management collides with climate change," says Irvin. "We must embrace new water supply solutions on the Rio Grande. Not only do water conservation, efficiency, and reuse make economic sense, these solutions will ensure we leave a healthier river for future generations."

The current expedition began in July, with reporter Colin McDonald and photographer Erich Schlegel blogging daily via satellite for The Texas Tribune.

American Rivers named the Rio Grande (called the Rio Bravo in Mexico) among America's Most Endangered Rivers in 1993, 1994, 2000, and 2003 because of overuse and outdated water management. Last year, the Bureau of Reclamation released a report CLICK HERE looking at the impact of climate change on the upper Rio Grande. The report found that the basin will likely see decreased snowpack and more frequent and intense floods and droughts.

American Rivers called on water managers to embrace increased water efficiency, conservation, and reuse as the fastest and most reliable, flexible, and cost-effective water supply solutions on the Rio Grande and on other rivers facing the impacts of climate change.

"We kayaked the length of the Rio Grande in a very different time, when water was more plentiful, and cities and farmers less thirsty," says AR board member Dan Reicher, also a member of the 1977 expedition. Also joining Irvin and Reicher on the Wild and Scenic portion of the river through Big Bend National Park is Fred St Goar, another AR board member and Dartmouth graduate. "This trip is shining the spotlight on a river that simply isn't receiving the attention it deserves. We hope to capture national attention, spur dialogue, and inspire solutions for the river and its communities," Reicher says.


U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), yet another member of the 1977 expedition, will join the current expedition via Skype in the Big Bend canyons for a conversation with trip members. Senator Portman has a kayak from the original six-month expedition hanging on the wall of his Senate office.

From its headwaters in the mountains of southern Colorado, the Rio Grande flows through 1,888 miles of the arid Southwest and much of America's national mythology. On its way to the Gulf of Mexico at Brownsville, Texas, the Rio Grande drains eleven percent of the continental United States. Despite its name - Spanish for "Great River" - the Rio Grande averages only about one-fifth the flow of its neighbor, the Colorado River, and experiences more frequent droughts. Will Rogers once called the Rio Grande "the only river I know that is in need of irrigation." Often the entire flow of the Rio Grande is diverted for municipal and agricultural use, leaving parts of the river completely dry. In many years, the river fails to reach its mouth at the Gulf of Mexico.

Info: www.riogrande.texastribune.org
 
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