About 300 years ago, Spain sent endless expeditions across the Southwest. In doing so they practically littered the landscape with the names of rivers and mountains we use today. One of those names has come to carry an appropriate irony: El Rio de Nuestra Señora de Dolores, Our Lady of Sorrow.
What kind of river is the Dolores today? After installation of one of the West's last large dam projects the Dolores river below the dam is in a fast state of change. Water from the this river is the lifeblood of an agricultural district where vast quantities are shuttled and pumped this way and that to grow crops. How efficient and flexible this use of water is for the future, well, thats a question of for the generations who stand to inherit these places and a river in decline.
The public deserves to hear the perspectives of those involved with the river and see some of the nations most beautiful wilderness lands the Dolores travels through. As the state of Colorado moves into a future where water becomes ever more a legal matter, generations stand to lose touch with a river, or learn how to work together to save it. The Dolores is for the moment forgotten by the public, it is in a sorrowful state. But if we learn from each other and work together in these lands of harsh extremes the future can be what we make it. The River of Sorrow can simply be a river again.
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