River news from Utton Center: San Juan, Pecos, and more

One of the projects I’m working on–and love, because it allows me to become fully immersed in complicated, wonky water stories–is through the Utton Center at the University of New Mexico’s School of Law. Every few months, the center publishes “Environmental Flows Bulletin.” In the most recent issue, I had the chance to write about…

What’s your vision for the Middle Rio Grande?

Earlier this year, I interviewed folks with the US Bureau of Reclamation about US Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s plans for the Middle Rio Grande. Here’s an except of that short piece I wrote for Environmental Flows Bulletin: Now, Salazar has appointed eight members to a new Secretary’s Middle Rio Grande Conservation Initiative…

Inaugural issue of Environmental Flows Bulletin

This month marks the release of Environmental Flows Bulletin, a new project of the Utton Center at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Environmental Flows highlights ideas, strategies, and successes of organizations and individuals across New Mexico who are working to ensure environmental flows for the state’s rivers and streams–and it’s a project…

New Mexico Bibliography

While researching and writing a story about some recent books about New Mexico’s environment, I spent a lot of time perusing my bookshelves and revisiting some old favorites.  Below is a makeshift–and undoubtedly incomplete–list of some of those favorites, as well as some suggestions from other readers. Please be sure and add your favorites in…

NM’s best books on the environment

I started off 2012 by reading five great books about New Mexico’s environment–and then getting to interview and wander about with some of those authors and photographers. It was a great way to start off the year, and I hope you’ll read that essay online at the Santa Fe Reporter. Now my question to you…

2012 and beyond in New Mexico

Within the first three days of the new year, I was lucky enough to spend time in the Sandias, on the West Mesa, and then along the Rio Grande as it flows through Albuquerque. It was a good way to start the year, not only because hitting the sands (and scrambling around on granite or…

Sunday in Albuquerque: “Perspectives on Climate Change”

This promises to be really interesting. Be sure and check it out on Sunday in Albuquerque: Fulbright Association New Mexico Chapter Perspectives on Climate Change 3 pm, Sunday, October 16, 2011 Jewish Community Center 5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 INTRODUCTION “Current views in Congress on the threats of global warming” Senator Jeff Bingaman…

More necessary reading

This week, Bill McKibben was at the book launch for Paul Miller’s (DJ Spooky) “The Book of Ice.” I was joking that a collaboration between those two made me feel giddy. But it’s no joke. Amazing things are happening right now. And this is one of them: Terra Nova Trailer Edit from DJ Spooky on…