Emeritus Professor Em Hall is co-author of Reining in the Rio Grande: People, Land, and Water, published in July 2011 by University of New Mexico Press. The book examines human interactions with the Rio Grande from prehistoric time to the present day and explores what possibilities remain for the desert river.
The Rio Grande was ancient long before the first humans reached its banks. These days, the highly regulated river looks nothing like it did to those early settlers. Alternately viewed as a valuable ecosystem and life-sustaining foundation of community welfare or a commodity to be engineered to yield maximum economic benefit, the Rio Grande has brought many advantages to those who live in its valley, but the benefits have come at a price. From the perspectives of law, development, tradition and geology, the authors weigh what has been gained and lost by reining in the Rio Grande.
Hall authored the book with Fred Phillips, director of the hydrology program in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and Mary Black, a liaison with tribes, federal agencies and scientists. She has worked as an anthropological linguist, editor/writer and librarian for the University of Arizona and as editor of Southwest Hydrology.
August 8, 2011