U.S. and Mexico Unleash a Flood Into Colorado Delta

Science  21 Mar 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6177, pp. 1301
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6177.1301

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The Colorado River delta once supported many birds and other species. After the U.S. government dammed the river, the lush habitat became a salt-caked wasteland. Now, an experimental flood will send water down the dry channel to help restore the ecosystem. Researchers will evaluate the responses of the riverbed, soil, and native vegetation, and perhaps pave the way for future floods.