Riled Up/Riled Up Archive/Article
Author: Guest Writer/Wednesday, February 15, 2012/Categories: Uncategorized
Sadly, times have changed for this estuary that few knew. The once vast marches and abundant wildlife are virtually gone, replaced by weeds and salt flats. However, new efforts to reverse past abuses and restore the delta to ecological health are underway. Save the Colorado and the Sonoran Institute are two organizations that have been pursuing river restoration goals and the status of the abused delta even received recognition by the New York Times in a timely editorial on Where The River Runs Dry.
Using a direct and practical approach, the Sonoran Institute is purchasing and retiring the “rights” for water-use and thereby allowing the water from those rights to flow freely back into dry delta landscape. Early indications show rapid vegetation recovery, particularly when young willow saplings are replanted. Estimates project that the entire delta could be restored to environmental health with $15 million of financial resources, a relatively modest sum. A video describes the situation of the delta and the objectives of Institute’s river projects:
Maybe someday the artistic and scientific heirs to John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts will be able to report on the results of restoring a delta with combined prose and data.
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