Water from the Colorado River flows into the Gulf of California in this photo taken on May 23, 2014. The short-term flush of water, which took place over eight weeks, had lasting ecological and social effects. Photo courtesy of Francisco Zamora/Sonoran Institute
This profile of our work in the delta describes the positive – and rapid – changes in the Colorado River Delta that resulted from the spring 2014 ‘pulse flow’ of water. It also highlights findings from the recently Interim Monitoring Report of environmental activities which we are proudly a part of.
The return of native birds to the Colorado River Delta has been one of the outcomes of our efforts to return water and life to the region. From our friends and coalition partners at the National Audubon Society, here’s an app to help you identify birds but their songs and calls.. try it out!
Raise the River coalition partner Sonoran Institute celebrated Colorado River Day (July 25) this year by releasing this impressive 4-minute documentary about the fresh lagoons of the Colorado River estuary and the incredible, hard work being done by our teams there to restore this life-giving ecosystem.
Sonoran Institute teams coordinated the dredging of more than 6.7 miles of tidal channels, which took nearly two months to complete. They excavated with machinery, shovels, and lots of hands. These channels are essential as they bring in flowing water and revitalize estuary habitats. It’s a part of what we are doing to reconnect the river with the sea…
About Colorado River Day
Colorado River Day is celebrated each year on July 25th as a day when people come together across divides in support of maintaining a sustainable Colorado River. It was on this day in 1921 when Congress re-named the river from the “Grand” to the “Colorado”.
The Colorado River is at a crossroads. Demand on the river’s water now exceeds its supply. We need to bring the river back into balance in order to both sustain this lifeline of the West and to keep water affordable —and available — for people who need it. You can make a difference by reducing your water usage. Every small step, each conscious action to reduce, and sharing awareness can mean the difference in a brighter future for our Colorado River.
— Please watch and share! From Sonoran Institute/YouTube
An important read is the National Audubon Society’s new report, “Water and Birds in the Arid West” which examines the critical habitats that birds rely on — including our Colorado River Delta — and provides recommendations of sustainable ways for people and birds to use water and coexist in the West. Read the Executive Summary, or download the full report, here: http://www.audubon.org/news/executive-summary-water-and-birds-arid-west-habitats-decline