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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Colorado River Delta to get new infusion of water to restore wetlands

     More than 130 million cubic meters of water (105,400 acre-feet) will be released into the Colorado River Delta beginning Sunday in an effort to restore original ecosystems, officials said Tuesday in Mexicali.

      Mexican International Water and Boundary Commission official Francisco Bernal Rodríguez said the pulse flow will continue until May 18. An official ceremony marking the release will take place at the Morelos Dam between Mexico and the United States.

      Sonoran Institute representative Francisco Zamora Arroyo said the delta's wetlands are considered to be among the most important in the world.

      Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

Update, March 27: The released water has traveled more than 35 kilometers and made it past the Route 2 bridge to San Luis Río Colorado and reached El Sifón area. Pronatura official Osvel Hinojosa said the flow may connect with the waters that come in from the Sea of Cortez. Story, Frontera (PDF).

November 2012: Colorado River water deal.