When I first became director for The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado River Program, quite a few folks told me I was crazy.
“The Colorado River is a lost cause,” they said.
As I did my assessment of potential strategies and places to work, the Colorado River Delta stood out as a place that might meet this description. The dusty expanse of land located between the U.S and Mexico has rarely seen water flowing into the Gulf of California since the 1960s.
The Colorado River Delta symbolized the very issue we face throughout the River’s vast basin – not enough water to meet local needs and sustain the river’s ecological health.
Still, I put it on the list of places to work, because if we could address that quandary in the Delta, we could certainly address those same issues throughout the Basin.