I do try to attend any event involving local resource management regarding rivers and wilderness in order to show support and interest for recreational use.
The meeting last night was all about the river area management and plans to complete a 50-mile path around Albuquerque east of the Rio Grande, but was basically a repeat of info available on the website and nothing new was presented. Actual water flow management was not discussed and is more a subject for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District meeting.
Attendance last night was high with probably 100 people, but the town-hall venue just did not work.
I had taken my 10 and 12 yr old kids to observe and clearly they were the youngest, but also the best behaved of all the attendees. One guy stormed the podium between speakers and was allowed to rant and continue reading his pre-written letter about the birdies. The presenters were able to answer many questions but the meeting quickly deteriorated due to interruptions and side conversations. I dropped my written comments into the box and left the fiasco early, unable to talk to any of the key players that I had intended to.
Letters of support can be sent directly to the mayor’s office or the website, or attend tonight’s meeting and try to get a word in.
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Member of Adobe Whitewater Club and the Santa Fe/Albuquerque Kayak Meetup group.
Mimi did a great job presenting, but I was definitely disappointed by the behavior of attendees at 12/04/12 town hall meeting. I understand Bosque landowners concerns but I believe that proper development can benefit the area. I take my family and dog to play in the river and enjoy walking/biking the soft trails and I also kayak when the flow allows. I hope for trailer access at three key points along the river so I can more easily put-in and take-out my inflatable 14' raft. More visible paddling activity on the river will spark more interest in the area and the sport.