The Sul Ross State University Conservation Biology, Geology, and Biology clubs present “The Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition 2.0: From the Confluence to the Gulf,” with adventurer and environmental journalist Colin McDonald on Friday April 10 at 3: 15 pm in the Espino Conference Center on the Alpine campus of Sul Ross State University.
According to McDonald, “Climate change, over allocation and the Border Wall are erasing the Rio Grande.” He should know, having recently journeyed 1900 miles of the river by canoe, raft, kayak and foot to learn first-hand about factors confronting the once-mighty resource.
“Expedition 2.0” focuses on his traverse from the Lower Canyons of the Wild and Scenic Rio Grande, through the subtropical woodlands of the river delta, to the Gulf of Mexico. Colin’s conversations with people on both sides of the river candidly reveal changes impacting inhabitants. His collection of stories is a study in navigational hazards, specious weather, impacted river miles and bi-national dynamics, punctuated by authentic interviews, both humorous and serious, with people on both sides of the river who share its tenuous fate.
Is a once plentiful, vigorous resource slipping away? Many challenges and a few bright spots documented by McDonald and his collaborators illuminate possible future solutions and promise an hour well spent.