Posts Tagged: National Geographic

Restoring a ‘Pulse’ to the Colorado River Delta

Teachers, looking for a great way to bring the Colorado River Delta into the classroom? National Geographic has a whole set of resources to teach your students about conservation, ecology, geography, and binational negotiation and management.  Photo credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team

You’ve heard us say it – the pulse flow is working! But how do we know, you might ask.  Fair enough. Check out this wonderful blog post by Jennifer Pitt. She’ll convince you that the water is working hard out there.  (Source:

A community gets its river back

For more than two weeks, the Colorado River has been flowing in its delta, through more than 30 miles (48 kilometers) of recently bone-dry river channel choked with desert scrub.  The flow is all too brief, lasting only eight weeks in all.  The United States and Mexico are demonstrating how a “pulse flow” of water can bring environmental… Read more »

Monitoring the Pulse of the Colorado River

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… Read more »

The Case for Reconnecting the Colorado River to the Sea

Nearly two decades ago, when I first visited the delta of the Colorado River in northwestern Mexico, I became obsessed with the idea that major rivers like the Colorado were running dry.  I knew what the Colorado Delta had once been—a 2-million-acre expanse of wetlands, lagoons, braided channels, and towering riverside cottonwoods and willows that… Read more »