Nowhere and Everywhere The Landscape of the Colorado Delta

by A.Portelanc-Bedard on November 27, 2015 - 3:45pm

In the article Nowhere and Everywhere the Landscape of the Colorado Delta, it is said that, in comparison to 1922, the Colorado river is only 10% of its former size. In 1922, the river was composed of almost two million acres of wetlands. It is said that upstream users are depriving the river from its sources. The biodiversity of the river’s surrounding is dying fast. The explosive population growth of the area is believed to be at cause in this case. Although the upper river is probably lost, the lower end, below the U.S.-Mexico border, is still a rich place for species to live.

Of late, the International Boundary and Water Commission agreed to provide water for the zone of the river in Mexico when there is surplus supply. The Tucson-based Sonoran Institute is also helping the restoration of the river. For year it has been working on the creation of the Colorado River Delta Nature Preserve restoring vegetation, with the hope that, in two decades, 160,000 acres of the delta will be restored to their former glory.

I think that for once, despite all our misdeeds, we are seriously trying to make up for them. We are not just saying “Oh, this is bad. We should do something about it.” We are taking actions. This can set an example for other institute and hopefully bring change to our society where procrastination is king.


I really enjoyed your post as it focused on the positive steps people are taking in managing the environmental issues we have created. This kind of policy implementation that is actually resulting in action is fantastic as officials are really paying attention to evidence and reacting to it. Of course there is always something more to be done but this is a great start. With a realistic goal and several actors in the issue there is great possibility for this river to be able to function at at least part of its former ecosystem levels. This is good step towards reducing biodiversity loss and helping bring back valuable wetland.

I hope to see more articles and posts that show that something is in fact being done to help reduce our human impacts on the planet, great post!

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