Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

Getting High at Work

I may bitch and moan about work sometimes, but one of the reasons why I stick around and actually ENJOY the work from time to time is because I sometimes get to do some really cool shit. Today was a good example. Normally I work on the Rio Grande Basin, but I am also a backup person for the Pecos River Basin, the State's other big river basin. It's a lot smaller than the Rio Grande, but it has its share of big water issues. This year the drought has hit that basin much more severely than the Rio Grande. While the Rio Grande at least had some runoff from Colorado which had a pretty good year, the upper watershed of the Pecos received almost no snow. Add to that the fact that the drought has hit the south/southwest part of the State the hardest and you have a real mess.

In order to move water effectively from upstream reservoirs to downstream reservoirs on the Pecos, the water is moved in big "blocks." Rather than trickle water down where it would more easily evaporate, the irrigation district sends down a slug of water to get the water to its reservoir in a quicker more efficient manner. Someone got the idea that it would be a good idea to photo-document the slug of water as it moved downstream. A flight was arranged. There have been stories about people getting sick in the little planes so some people want to avoid it as much as possible. Me? I could care less. So I was tapped to be the official photographer on the flight. It was a lot of fun! I love seeing landforms from up in the air. Unfortunately the Pecos Basin is about as boring as you can get. I'm sure silveronewunny can tell you about the 2 hours of sheer boredom on the road from Roswell to ABQ. I still have to go through all of the pics. I was told to shoot as much as possible (no comments! *snerk*) so I was quite snap-happy. I wish every day could be this fun!
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