Water, Wildlife Surge Back into Once-parched Colorado River Delta

Water, Wildlife Surge Back into Once-parched Colorado River Delta

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water flow at Morelos Dam-AzwaterDotGovOsvel Hinojosa knew that an infusion of water would bring the Colorado River delta back to life. But in just a few days, a U.S.-Mexican experiment to revive the delta environment has exceeded his expectations.

The water is running deeper, faster and wider than anticipated in a channel that was once bone-dry. Hinojosa has spotted hawks, egrets and ospreys flying above the newly flowing water. He’s even seen beavers.

“It’s just amazing to see that we can recover the river and see it alive again,” said Hinojosa, water and wetlands program director at Pronatura Noroeste, a Mexican water conservation group.

The release of water is historic because the river itself hasn’t seen its delta or reached the sea for half a century.

(READ the story from the LA Times)

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