Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
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The Drama in Chama

Well, tonight I get to give a presentation up in Chama. Yes, the town where they strap guys in bearsuits to hoods of pickups (j/k). My speech should be, "It's a drought. The reservoir is down becasue of that. Now shut the fuck up, you whiners!" But alas, I have to be tactful.

Heron Reservoir was constructed 30 years ago to store water brought under the Continental Divide through a series of tunnels. Most of the water will be used for the drinking water supply for Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Another good chunk goes to the Rio Grande Valley farmers. It's a nice pretty "lake." It has been pretty much full for the past 20 years since there has been no need for the water and the 80's were some of the wettest years in history. But now the 2 major cities are building treatment facilities so the water will be put to use. In the past 20 years developers have been selling land around the lake and people have been building nice homes. It seems someone sold them a bill of goods and told them that the lake will always look like it does. WRONG! We are in the middle of a severe drought. The reservoir level has dropped by about 50' in the past 3 years. But, it has served its purpose! The root of the word reservoir is reserve. You store water in times of plenty and reserve it for times of drought. Well, now all of the homeowners are up in arms because their beautiful "lake" is drying up, and they can't get their sailboats into the water *gasps*.

So tonight I will try to smack some sense into these people and tell them (once again) that the primary purpose of the reservoir is to store water for times of need. It was not constructed to be a playground or to provide a pretty backdrop for their houses. When I get back, I shall post another tale of a reservoir and people's stupidity. That one should make you mad because our government folded like a house of cards to a group of morons.
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