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Historic moment as Colorado River flows to Delta for first time in decades

Take a ride down the street view of the Colorado River, past Lake Powell and through the Grand Canyon. The river will narrow and calm after Lake Mead, the reservoir that feeds Las Vegas. As you approach the Mexican border you will have to get out and walk: what remains of the river is diverted to feed cities and farms on both sides of the border. But, for a brief moment in time, that has changed. On March 23rd, following an unprecedented binational agreement, the flood gates of Morelos Dam in Mexico opened to release a flow of water into the parched Delta. The hope is that this “pulse” flow will help bring native habitat back to life. Besides a couple of floods in the ‘80s and ‘90s, this river has not met the sea since the 1960s. But for six weeks, kids will get to play in a river they have only heard about in stories. The reason the river no longer reaches its delta is for all the salad bars across the U.S.: since the settling of the West, almost every drop of the Colorado River has been diverted to feed growing cities and grow thirsty crops. It produces nearly one-fifth of the nations’ produce and[...]Read More