Rio Grande coverage 2002 – present

Since 2002, I have covered nearly every aspect of the Rio Grande, including water rights, politics, endangered species, climate change, drought, and water quality. Below, you can find a selection of stories about the state’s largest river.

Rio Grande still running high, officials keep an eye on levees
New Mexico Political Report, May 15, 2017

Rio Grande water managers freed up from some ESA constraints
New Mexico Political Report, March 28, 2017

Next stop for Texas-NM water dispute: Supreme Court
New Mexico Political Report, Feb. 10, 2017

Rio Grande 101 
New Mexico In Depth, August 8, 2016

Triple digit temps dry the Rio Grande
New Mexico In Depth, July 28, 2016

Is the Rio Grande Headed for a State of ‘Permanent Drought’?
New Mexico In Depth, January 5, 2016

Does the fate of the silvery minnow foretell the Rio Grande’s future?
High Country News, August 3, 2015

Low Flow
Santa Fe Reporter, April 29, 2015

Minnow Down
Santa Fe Reporter, Sept. 16, 2014

Dry Run
Santa Fe Reporter, Sept. 8, 2014

Time’s Out for the Rio: Will our grandchildren remember the river?
Santa Fe Reporter, April 15, 2014

Refuge Hosts More Than Sandhill Cranes
KUNM, Nov. 21, 2013

A dam’s ‘painful’ history
New Mexico In Depth, August 7, 2013

Buckets of Rain: Last week’s historic storm could jumpstart planning
Santa Fe Reporter, July 30, 2013

Time-Lapse Video: Rio Grande drying after the rain
Santa Fe Reporter, July 25, 2013

Muddy Hymnal: New Mexico’s rivers herald a changing world
Santa Fe Reporter, June 18, 2013

Farmers, Fish, and Flows All Suffer on the Middle Rio Grande
Utton Center, June 2013

Drought Tests the Rio Grande
KUNM, April 5, 2013

Compact Complications: Water wars between Texas and New Mexico are nothing new–but the times are changing University of New Mexico, School of Law’s Utton Center, March 5, 2013

Rio Grande Series, Part 2: Rio Grande could join ‘ghost rivers’ of the Southwest
KUNM, Oct. 30, 2012

Rio Grande Series, Part 1: Rare fish not faring well in the Rio Grande
KUNM, Oct. 29, 2012

Tamarisk-munching Beetles Travel the Rio Grande
KUNM, Sept. 13, 2012

Low Flows on the Rio Grande
KUNM, Sept. 5, 2012

Over lunch, a commissioner and an engineer confront an elephant
KUNM’s Earth Air Waves Blog, August 29, 2012

New Mexico’s ‘Hard Choices’
KUNM, August 28, 2012

Drought dries New Mexico’s largest rivers
KUNM, August 22, 2012

Saving fish from a drying river
KUNM, July 19, 2012

Death by a Thousand Cuts: Will Santa Fe’s campaign to buy water rights kill the Rio Grande?
Santa Fe Reporter, June 27, 2012

Rivers Make Glad: An ode to the sometimes neglected, always underestimated, Rio Grande
Santa Fe Reporter, June 13, 2012

No Page Unturned: Five essential books for understanding New Mexico
Santa Fe Reporter, Feb. 1, 2012

Running Deep New Mexico Magazine, May 2011

She-Fish? Scientists want to know if Rio Grande contaminants are feminizing the endangered silvery minnow
Santa Fe Reporter, Aug. 25, 2010

The Big Suck: New Mexico’s water future is here—and there’s not a drop to spare
Santa Fe Reporter, April 4, 2007

Too much can be asked of a river
Writers on the Range, April 2, 2007

New Mexico’s water rebel
High Country News, Feb. 19, 2007

It’s What’s for Dinner
Alibi, Oct. 12-18, 2006

Up River: The silvery minnow stares down another dry summer
Alibi, July 20-25, 2006

Debunking the myth of the sand-burrowing minnow
Writers on the Range, July 17, 2006

You Gonna Drink That? A recent report shows that the Rio Grande is dirtier than we thought
Alibi, Dec. 1-7, 2005

The harder they spawn, the quicker they die
High Country News, Sept. 5, 2005

Frozen in time: Endangered species science
High Country News, June 27, 2005

Peace breaks out on the Rio Grande
High Country News, March 21, 2005

An icon of the Rio Grande has all but vanished in the wild: Consensus efforts and millions of dollars haven’t saved the silvery minnow
High Country News, Aug. 2, 2004

Congress overrules the courts
High Country News, Feb. 16, 2004

Why the Silvery Minnow Matters
AlterNet, Nov. 10, 2003

Are minnow scientists still under the gun?
High Country News, June 23, 2003

Truce remains elusive in Rio Grande water fight
High Country News, Aug 4, 2003

Southwest drought desiccates fish before farmers
High Country News, July 8, 2002

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