Colorado River Delta – one of planet’s great desert aquatic ecosystems – is getting restored
In November 2012, the US and Mexico signed Minute 319, an agreement that commits the governments to a five-year restoration effort, will restore 1 billion gallons of water to the Colorado River Delta
to support the revitalization of wetland habitats in what was once one of the planet’s great desert aquatic ecosystems.
“Minute 319 is a landmark agreement that sets in motion one of the most ambitious and groundbreaking aquatic restoration efforts ever undertaken—the revitalization of the Colorado River Delta,” said Sandra Postel, National Geographic’s Freshwater Fellow and co-director of Change the Course.
Some 380 bird species are expected to benefit from the restoration, as are local Mexican and indigenous communities in the delta. Scientists will monitor the impacts of the flows on the delta’s hydrology, vegetation, birds and wildlife.
“With this latest commitment to contribute to the base flow, Change the Course will double the amount of water it has restored to dewatered rivers, streams and wetlands across the Colorado River Basin,” said Todd Reeve, chief executive officer of BEF.
Let’s do it together
Members of the public can calculate their own freshwater footprint and contribute to the water restoration efforts by making the free pledge to conserve water at changethecourse.us or texting the word RIVER to 77177.
For every pledge, Change the Course will restore 1,000 gallons of water to the Colorado River Basin.
The five-year program to monitor the environmental results of the pulse flow is being supported by government agencies and environmental groups in both countries, under the auspices of the International Boundary and Water Commission.