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Pulse of Life in the Colorado River Delta

Today is a big one on the Colorado River, because the river delta is flowing again. After years of Herculean effort, US and Mexican NGO’s and government players crafted an agreement to release a “pulse flow” that will restore life to the Delta, and perhaps as importantly, heighten the inspiration of the many folks up and down the river who are working for solutions big and small. For us here at Carpe Diem West, the pulse flow is an example of the visionary solutions that are possible when traditional foes link arms in service of multi-benefit solutions. The report we released last week, Mapping the River Ahead, tracked just how much consensus is out there about what these solutions are, and how we can move forward to implement them. And though we don’t know whether the pulse flow will make it to the Gulf of California, or soak into thirsty Delta soils, we know that agreements like these are good for farmers, cities and rivers on both sides of the border. And that’s a win for everyone.

3/25/14

Image – Francisco Zamora; Sonoran Institute

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