“Experts Predict”

“The Rio Grande, which flows out of the Rockies and later forms the U.S.-Mexico border, has long been impacted by withdrawals for agriculture and other uses. Now, rising temperatures and an unprecedented drought pose a grave and growing peril to the river and its ecosystems.

Experts predict the Rio Grande will dry up completely all the way to Albuquerque this summer for the first time since the 1980s.”

June 2, 2022

The Vanishing Rio Grande: Warming Takes a Toll on a Legendary River – Yale E360

July 3, 2022 – Streamflow on the Rio Grande is normal from one end of New Mexico to the other.

USGS | National Water Dashboard

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7 Responses to “Experts Predict”

  1. Eli the Pit Bulldog says:

    Makes you wonder what virus they have on deck…..

  2. Perhaps they forgot to shuffle their Tarot cards before making their prediction.

  3. GWS says:

    To be accepted by the woke as an “expert” it matters not that one is correct, only that one is loyal.

  4. Conrad Ziefle says:

    We lived in the Mesilla Valley, about a mile from the Rio Grande. We crossed the river to and from school each day, back in the 1960s.We would often hike down to the river to swim and hang out, probably risking our health in the process. Outhouses, animal manure, etc. emptied into the river through the drainage canals that returned water to the river from the farm fields. I had an old USGS map, issue date 1907, the most recent at that time for that particular quadrangle map. It showed the river before it was canalized, and in those days it flooded, changed course often, wound about the valley like a snake and was a haven for malaria.
    When the river was canalized, they also built two dams, Elephant Butte and Caballo, where the spring runoff was held until needed by farmers for irrigation, so the river had very low water flow most of the year, and we could wade across in water that was never more than knee-deep.
    Recently, I went back to visit my friend, a farmer and a veterinarian, and we travelled all the way up to Socorro, without seeing any water in the river. This was true, even when the desert was full of grass caused by higher than normal rainfall. The river is mainly fed by snowmelt from Southern Colorado. This also feeds a huge aquifer which lies under the river. The farms have been there since at least the 1930s and haven’t increased their water demand, so they aren’t at fault. I think the general trend toward the river drying up is probably the combination of drier weather (as far as our limited western US history is concerned) and the sucking up of the aquifer from the extensive urbanization in the Albuquerque area. Of course, talking about changes in the river as if the 1900s were the normal, and without addressing farming and urbanization, is like talking about energy while leaving out fossil fuels.

  5. Disillusioned says:

    To this day, whenever I hear or read the term “expert” I am still reminded of when I was a kid what my father called an expert – “a has-been drip under pressure.”

  6. Don’t worry, the experts will solve any drought problem by diluting existing stocks.

  7. Dayna says:

    So the experts are going back to global warming again because the SW is having a hot spell on top of a drought? The weather sure does keep it interesting!

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