From this morning’s paper, a visit to Embudo, where stream U.S. stream flow measurement began:
In the world of U.S. water management, this narrow strip where the river funnels between high bluffs is historic.
Powell, most famous as the first person to survey the Grand Canyon, had realized that the ambitions of the continent’s European immigrants spreading west across North America were running up against an arid reality that Easterners failed to understand. Collective effort would be needed to confront the region’s aridity,
Powell realized, and one of the first things the young nation needed was to measure how much water there was in the rivers.