Now in its 14th day, the historic pulse flow coursing through the Colorado River Delta toward the sea is under the careful watch of dozens of scientists who fan out across the landscape to measure and track its vital signs – from flow rates and salinity levels to seed dispersal by native cottonwoods and willows.
The goal is to learn as much as possible from this unique experiment in large-scale ecosystem restoration so that future pulse flows – designed to mimic the spring flood that naturally occurred before large dams and diversions were built – will deliver as many benefits to river health, habitat creation and local communities as possible.
We’ve been astonished by the impact the pulse flow has had over the past two weeks. Check out this wonderful article by Sandra Postel for National Geographic to see what we mean.
Photo courtesy of Cheryl Zook, National Geographic