I always monitor the level of water in the Rio Grande at the onset of autumn.
It always leaves me feeling melancholy when the river gets shut off in its main basin south of Truth or Consequences this time of season. When I started working on the border, I thought it bizarre to see ATVs and people practicing soccer on the dry riverbed.
In Albuquerque, I have always enjoyed seeing the river flowing all year round, refilling Elephant Butte Dam for the following spring.
However, looking at the low water flow currently in the Albuquerque Rio Grande region, I was reminded how precious a resource this element is for life to grow.