Monday, May 31, 2010
Sojourn on the Rio Grande.
What I will begin, as of today, is an effort to photograph every bridge over the Rio Grande from the headwaters in Colorado, through New Mexico, into Texas and to the Gulf of Mexico where our great river terminates. I guess I should get oil resistant boots for when I arrive down there in a couple of years.
I will attempt to give you views of the bridge and a little information about the communities around the bridges. There will be lots of links and Google map coordinates that you can paste into the maps program on line so you can see the satellite view of the bridge.
Certainly the hundreds of spans over the Rio Grande are over troubled waters. Undersupply, overuse, pollution, and climate change will continue to impact this mighty southwestern 'aorta'. In one hundred years our grandkids will most likely be dealing with a river we couldn't envision today. In my optimistic vein I would like to think we users will wise up and do the right thing to preserve and protect the Rio Grande and its many species. In my pessimistic vein I feel there is very little time left to save this resource from man's natural greed to beat the bejesus out of everything that sustains us. It could be that some day most of the bridges we will visit will permanently run over dry or concreted and diverted channels devoid of water and wildlife. Our questions on the river's viability may be answered sooner than we think.