It takes more than water: Restoring the Colorado River Delta

Ecological Engineering
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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.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title It takes more than water: Restoring the Colorado River Delta
Series title Ecological Engineering
DOI 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.05.028
Volume 106
Issue B
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Southwest Biological Science Center
Description 4 p.
First page 629
Last page 632
Country United States
Other Geospatial Colorado River Delta