Reining in the Rio Grande Presentation
Saturday, December 5th | 10:30 am -noon
Free! Please pre-register at 897-8831. Limited space available.
“The Rio Grande was ancient long before the first humans reached its banks. These days, the highly regulated river looks nothing like it did to those early settlers. Alternately viewed as a valuable ecosystem and life-sustaining foundation of community welfare or a commodity to be engineered to yield maximum economic benefit, the Rio Grande has brought many advantages to those who live in its valley, but the benefits have come at a price.
This [presentation] examines human interactions with the Rio Grande from prehistoric time to the present day and explores what possibilities remain for the desert river. From the perspectives of law, development, tradition, and geology, the [presenters] weigh what has been gained and lost by reining in the Rio Grande.”
About the Presenters
Fred M. Phillips directs the hydrology program in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
- Emlen Hall is a professor emeritus in the School of Law at the University of New Mexico. His most recent book is High and Dry: The Texas-New Mexico Struggle for the Pecos River (UNM Press).
This presentation relates to the PARCH art exhibit on display in the Visitor Center Gallery. PARCH features the artwork of seven local artists who express their awe of and concern for water in the desert through fabric, paint, and clay. Before or after the presentation, feel free to peruse PARCH and further develop your own sense of place near the river.
The Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Blvd NW at the end of Bosque Meadows Rd. between Montaño and Paseo del Norte.