ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — So asks Charlie Pabst after reading my column in this morning’s newspaper:
— charlie pabst (@charliepabst) June 24, 2014
The central point of the column – that the valley’s farms and the riverside bosque consume far more water than our cities – is no surprise to water nerds, but is worth repeating for the general newspaper readership.
I toyed with the “pave the bosque” thene and one of its derivatives, “put the Rio Grande in a concrete channel”, once before:
The notion of turning the Rio Grande through Albuquerque into a concrete channel like the Los Angeles River, while we drain away the groundwater beneath us and let the bosque die, is probably a nonstarter.
But the idea has a way of focusing the discussion, a sort of worst-case scenario defining one path we might be headed down without realizing it.
But it’s a good conversation starter, right? Or am I just trolling?
update: From a lively discussion over on Twitter, pguy makes the case for more water for the bosque:
— paul reichbach (@pguy) June 24, 2014