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Once a Smelly Nuisance, Mexicali’s Wastewater Now Brings Life to the Colorado Delta

This post is part of a series on the Colorado River Delta. If there is one place that transforms wastewater from trouble-maker to life-saver it’s the site of Las Arenitas sewage treatment plant in the Mexican state of Baja California. There, nasty urban wastewater that once made a smelly health hazard of the New River near…

Locals Help Restore the Colorado Delta

This post is part of a series on the Colorado River Delta. The Colorado River Delta once boasted a million acres of lush cattail marshes and riverside forests of cottonwoods and willows.  But today, due to dams and diversions upstream, the river rarely flows through its delta anymore, and only ten percent of that verdant…

Bringing New Life to the Colorado Delta’s Fisheries

This post is part of a series on the Colorado River Delta. The Colorado River sustains more than 30 million people and vast areas of farmland.  But with no flow reaching the delta and the sea in most years, those last in line for the river in Mexico are suffering. For the fishing town of…

Returning the Colorado River to the Sea

This post is part of a series on the Colorado River Delta. Once teeming with life and spanning some two million acres, the delta of the Colorado River ranked among the planet’s greatest desert deltas. But more than half a century of damming and diverting the river’s flow to supply the burgeoning farms and cities…

Colorado River, Meet the Sea

This post is part of a series on the Colorado River Delta. Walking the mudflats of the Colorado River Delta in northwestern Mexico, my feet touch silt and sediment that originated in the U.S. Rocky Mountains, hitchhiked with floodwaters through the Grand Canyon, and then, over the millennia, settled out here as the river slowed…

Landmark Cooperation Brings the Colorado River Home

This post is part of a series on the Colorado River Delta. Standing at Morelos Dam, the last in the long line of dams on the Colorado River, and the only one in Mexico, it’s hard not to feel that we humans have betrayed this great river. It has traveled 1,350 miles from its headwaters,…

The Accidental Wetland in the Colorado Delta

This post is part of a series on the Colorado River Delta. Traveling south from the Mexican border town of San Luis Rio Colorado, we stop about 20 miles (32.2 km) from the Upper Gulf of California.  It feels like the middle of nowhere. We’re surrounded by vast stretches of cracked, dried-out mudflats layered with…

Revival in the Colorado River Delta

This post is part of a series on the Colorado River Delta. So intimate was her connection to the river that as a girl she conditioned her hair with the soft mud from its channel bottom.  Her family fished in the waters and hunted in the dense forests of cottonwoods and willows that spread across the…