The Colorado River Meets the Sea for the First Time in 16 Years

by Owen James Burke

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Thanks to new legislation and a diversion to its original course, the 1,450-mile-long Colorado River is currently running its full length after reaching the Sea of Cortez (or Gulf of California) for the first time in 16 years.

In March, the Morelos Dam near the border of Arizona and Mexico (where the river use to run freely) was opened to allow what is called a “Pulse Flow” to relieve the parched Colorado River Delta. Now, eight weeks later, the whistle of the Sea of Cortez has been whet. It may only be temporary, but there’s still some hope to be held that it’s not.

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(Graphic: Wikicommons)

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