After a decades-long decline, a dying wetland gets a second chance, with the help of cross-border collaboration between the United States and Mexico. A comprehensive summary of the efforts of Raise the River in the Colorado Delta — including the 2014 pulse flow and its long-term effects. This story features our on-the-ground coalition team members including Jennifer Pitt, Francisco Zamora, Karen Schlatter, and Yuli Dimas — as well as many other project supporters. From onEarth by the Natural Resources Defense Council.



From our friend and supporter at the Walton Family Foundation, Ted Kowalski offers his thoughts on finding long-term solutions to the usage of water from the Colorado River: “While the challenges facing the Colorado River are significant, this does not mean that there aren’t solutions — there are. But we must improve how we use and manage the water resources of the Colorado River Basin.” From Tucson.complease read and share:


Why It Matters

Karen Schlatter of Sonoran Institute‘s Delta Program honors International Migratory Bird Day (May 12) by explaining the benefits to habitat and wildlife that the pulse flow and our restoration actions have had in the Colorado River Delta.
“At the Las Arenitas wastewater treatment wetland — a project Sonoran Institute has been working on since 2008 — the number of bird species went from eight to more than 160 in just over five years, with a maximum bird count of 18,000 birds!”

Read the full story here, on Mother Nature Network.


We were thrilled to see this beautiful profile of Raise the River’s Osvel Hinojosa Huerta, coalition partner Pronatura Noroeste, and their work in restoring the Colorado River Delta.

“For me, the Colorado River, it’s a symbol of hope,” he says. “It is the lifeline of the western North America. It is a very resilient ecosystem.”

Water in the West is a series of stories featured on the Walton Family Foundation Blog about the people working to address threats to water supply in the Colorado River basin and find conservation solutions that make economic sense for people and communities.

Please read, watch the video, and share!


Last week, we held the official inauguration of the new Visitors’ Center at Laguna Grande, a resource for sharing with the public the progress and benefits of our conservation work in the Colorado River Delta, and specifically at our restoration site, Laguna Grande.

Our coalition partner Sonoran Institute shares the story of the comeback of this restored habitat, where they have planted more than 200,000 trees and restored 700 acres, helping make Laguna Grande the largest and most dense stand of native riparian habitat along the Colorado River in Mexico. Read more, here: