You may be wondering what the fuss is about – a trickle of water makes its way through a dry river bed. So what? But look closer. That little bit of water goes a long way when it comes to birds and the vegetation that draws them back to the delta.

Juan Butron Mendez, a 63-year-old farmer … said he vividly remembers the rapid current of the river when he was 4 years old in the Mexicali Valley, about 30 miles south of the border. ‘The water surged so strong there were large whirlpools swirling with oranges, grapefruits and trees,” Butron recalled.

U.S.-Mexico experiment aims to resurrect the Colorado River delta

Los Angeles Times

We think it can be that way again. Join us in supporting the pulse flow at the Morelos Dam, Thursday March 27.

Report Shows Unanimous Support for Colorado River Conservation

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Mapping the River Ahead,” a new report by Carpe Diem West, provides an insightful discussion of solutions for the Colorado River Basin.  The authors conducted anonymous interviews with more than 30 “water leaders” (disclosure, I was among them) representing a broad range of sectors and locations.  The anonymous process was a useful strategy to get a realistic assessment of what people really think, freeing the interviewees from the obligation to take institutional positions.

Notwithstanding this year’s great snow in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the Colorado River Basin faces a challenging water future.  Through the drought that has persisted since 2000, the basin’s water users have gulped their way through half of the basin’s water storage, which amounts to a full two years of the river’s average supply.

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Jennifer Pitt, Environmental Defense Fund

National Geographic