Geoffrey Scovil works as an attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Aside from his professional responsibilities, Geoffrey (Geoff) Scovil enjoys exploring New Mexico’s natural attractions, including the Rio Grande River.
The fifth largest river in the nation, the Rio Grande is fed by snow in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. The river descends through the mountains and winds through New Mexico, eventually forming the border between Texas and Mexico and emptying into the Gulf of Mexico.
In recent years, minimal precipitation has resulted in historic lows of the Rio Grande, complicating extreme drought conditions throughout the region. This spring, heavy snow in the mountains surrounding the Rio Grande has produced the heaviest flow the river has seen in 10 to 15 years.
The increase in flow has a tremendous impact on the region. Reservoirs and city wells that were below average are now filling and supplementing a water supply that has suffered from years of drought.
Groundwater is also being replenished, and wildlife that has suffered from low river levels is experiencing an encouraging resurgence. River flows are notoriously unpredictable, but experts are hopeful that the high flow of the Rio Grande and continued precipitation will replenish and rehydrate a region that has been in dire need for several years.
Geoff Scovil received a BA in history, philosophy, and ethnic studies from the University of Texas at Austin.