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It takes more than water: Restoring the Colorado River Delta

July 26, 2017

Environmental flows have become important tools for restoring rivers and associated riparian ecosystems (Arthington, 2012; Glenn et al., 2017). In March 2014, the United States and Mexico initiated a bold effort in restoration, delivering from Morelos Dam a “pulse flow” of water into the Colorado River in its delta for the purpose of learning about its environmental effects (Flessa et al., 2013; Bark et al., 2016). Specifically, scientists evaluated whether the pulse flow, albeit minuscule compared to historical floods, could provide the ecological functions needed to establish native, flood-dependent vegetation to restore natural habitat along the riparian corridor.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2017
Title It takes more than water: Restoring the Colorado River Delta
DOI 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.05.028
Authors Jennifer Pitt, Eloise Kendy, Karen Schlatter, Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta, Karl W. Flessa, Patrick B. Shafroth, Jorge Ramirez-Hernandez, Pamela L. Nagler, Edward P. Glenn
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Ecological Engineering
Index ID 70189819
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Southwest Biological Science Center