The pulse flow is hitting its peak today, but water has been creeping its way down toward the delta since Sunday. This little bit of water has been going a long way.

Just watch as children splash around in a river bed that was bone dry only a week ago. If all goes well, the cottonwood and willow seeds that are ready to germinate will be carried down throughout the delta and take root. 

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It just chokes me up to see this river that has not been through this area is more than 17 years, kind of working its way to the ocean like it should, like it was meant to do. … Just seeing a river getting to be a river again, I just want to celebrate it.

Taylor Hawes, Director of the Colorado River program 
The Nature Conservancy

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We couldn’t agree more. All week we’ve been moved to see families and children come back to enjoy the river they’ve always loved. As the pulse flow peaks and recedes, we’re working hard to get the Colorado River to its delta and eventually, to meet the ocean. 

Dep. Secretary of DOI Michael Connor addresses those assembled at the event and Morelos Dam.

via U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

US IBWC Commissioner Edward Dursina speaks to press and attendees at the Minute 319 Pulse Flow Ceremony from Morelos Dam. 

Journalists, conservationists, and policymakers gathered today at Morelos Dam to observe and celebrate the pulse flow. This historic event is a product of binational cooperation that reframes water management in the Colorado River for the first time in decades.

Karen Schlatter, of Sonoran Institute, describes the scene at Morelos Dam this morning as the Colorado River pulse flow hits its peak.