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Almost There

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, May 14, 2014/Categories: photography, sustainability, environment

For the first time in half a century, waters from the Colorado River will once again flow into Baja's Sea of Cortez.

When John Steinbeck wrote about his Baja travels with the marine biologist Ed Ricketts in 1940, in his eloquent memoir The Log from the Sea of Cortez, they visited the Colorado River delta. It was one of the most extensive wetland environments anywhere. Today, it is it largely a weedy dust bowl created by siphoning water for agricultural, industrial, and residential purposes. That has now begun to change.

In a remarkable 2013 agreement between the US states, comprising the Colorado River Compact that allocates water, and Mexico was signed agreed to allow water "pulses" to again flow into the river's dry delta. An aerial photo has just been released showing the progress towards re-establishing the connection to the Gulf.

The restoration of the Colorado River delta will allow for the return of numerous animal and plant species long missing from the ecosystem. We're almost there.

Steinbeck and Ricketts are surely smiling somewhere.


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