Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River claim 245 miles of this renowned river. And while many of those miles wend their way through rugged and remote canyon country, sections of the river nevertheless are on the state of Texas’ list of impaired water bodies. The primary concern is high total dissolved solids (high salinity), but bacteria can be a problem in the very upper reach.
During her visit to Big Bend last month Rebecca Latson captured this beautiful shot of the Rio Grande as it headed towards Santa Elena Canyon. Those are the Chisos Mountains in the distance.