The Flow of Economies
I might have left Denver because it was the kind of place where you had to take a shower and dress sort of nice to go get a drink.
Last night we didn’t have to go too far to find the kind of place where they came in right off the river, smelling of old sunscreen and sweat, swapping out their end of day tips for beer easily afforded.
The talk of the night was the health of the river. Someone in town started publishing E.coli reports for all the tributaries that dump into the French Broad. The large, ancient belt of water that winds its way through town - its enough to make you sick.
“I mean, we people should know not to drink it,” a raft guide says.
Another says “I’m glad they are getting those numbers out there. It’s been a problem for years. It’s everyone’s problem.”
Another, still: “It’s keeping people off the river, which is keeping money out of my pocket.”
Someone buys the last guy his drink.
Upriver, the farms are a bit to blame. The livestock waste and fertilizers rush into the river when the region gets one of its typically heavy rains.
We all love the money the region provides. How the water flows determines who gets to reap the benefits.