Rio Grande condition and politics
NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
9 Jul 1993
New MexicoTaos County
- Rio Grande; John Dunn Bridge; near Arroyo Hondo to Taos Junction Bridge near Pilar
- 36.53508 -105.70885
Stereo=1; Spaced Omni Stereo recoded with B&K 4006 Omni mics
general ambi before heading out..
05:15 ..putting in..
08:00 Safety rap.
11:57 Interview with Steve Harris.
describes where we are...
professional guide for 21 years...14 of them on the RG. 16 or 17 on rg in Texas ...we're in my office now.
15:08 we'll see 1000 ft canyon walls, bridge 620 feet up. all volcanic rock. Jemez mountains. river found weakest point in lava to work its way down.
took less than 5 million years for river to carve it. antecedent headwaters flowed out by Arkansas.
***16:49--17:47 Why has river dropped so much .. Here in mid july irrigation demands have increased. Over the course of the last few days the farmers of the San Luis valley have been increasing their irrigation withdrawals, sprinkling crops and since Monday river has dropped about 900c ft per second. re coming up on ski jump, protect tape machines.
RAFTING I-A ****ABSOLUTE TIME***
*** 1:11:16--1:12:47 SKI JUMP RAPID---(WITH YEE-HAAH) BUT TALKING
SOONAFTER. GORGE BRIDGE ... 670 feet above river. 1:26:30--rapid after bridge NO GOOD SHORTED OUT
***QUIET AMB.*** 1:32:18--1:33:50 ..OAR NOISE, RIFFLE IN DISTANCE, BIRDS,
**** 1:33:52 --1:35:16 SOME RAPIDY SOUNDING WATER.
1:35:45--BACK TO QUIET AMB. ** 1:36:30--1:38:20 RIFFLES
** 1:39:00--1:42:00 QUIET WITH OARS ...LEADS TO RAPIDS. I was raised in east Texas, had friend with canoe , moved to Cal. met guy who ran trips. 25 years old. Grew up in Houston. Started my own company when 28. 1:45:38--
RAPIDS ..JUST OKAY.
1:59:00 --1:59:44 QUIET AMB.