Thursday, March 22, 2012 7:00 PM Upstairs Rotunda Mesa Public Library
This study examines human interactions with the Rio Grande from prehistoric time to the present day and explores what possibilities remain for the desert river. From the perspectives of law, development, tradition, and geology, the authors weigh what has been gained and lost by reining in the Rio Grande.
The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event featuring local and statewide authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects such as local and state history, travel, outdoor activities, New Mexico fiction, Native American history and culture, poetry, and more. The series is funded by the Friends of Mesa Public Library. The talks are free and begin at 7:00 PM, followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments. Some authors may participate with book sales and signings.
About the Authors:
Fred M. Phillips directs the hydrology program in the department of earth and environmental sciences at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
G. Emlen Hall is professor emeritus in the School of Law at the University of New Mexico. His most recent book is High and Dry (UNM Press).
Reviews for Reining in the Rio Grande:
“This is a fascinating and perturbing story that brims over with rich details and oddball personalitites populating what the authors describe as ‘the Rube Goldberg world of Rio Grande water.’ Though the river’s history is complex and baffling, this book makes it lucid, coherent, and very exciting, showing how the magnificent river works and has been reworked over time to ‘benefit’ ther human community that exploits its finite bounties. It is remarkable for such a concise book to be so thorough and illuminating, and also a lot of fun.
“ Not only a colorful and careful overview, this is a serious examination of the human past, present, and very uncertain future. It is a cautionary tale and an important one, a must-read for students of water politics. It is an energetic and priceless primer on the development of the Rio Grand from pre-Columbian times to the very uncertain present day.” John Nichols, author of The Milagro Beanfield War.
“If you want a thorough understanding of New Mexico’s stretch of the great river and its dilemmas, this compact book is the place to start.” — Green Fire Times