Apr 14 4:30PM
Restoration of the Colorado River Delta: One Year After
04/14/2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm Arizona Time
On May 15, 2014, the Colorado River met the Sea of Cortez for the first time since the 1990s as part of a landmark agreement between the US and Mexico known as "Minute 319." Water from Lake Mead - 105,000 AF - was released as a "pulse flow" in a grand experiment to revitalize the delta, at one time one of the world's great desert aquatic ecosystems.
Join us when a panel of experts talks about the cross border politics and science behind this unique restoration effort and what the impacts have been on vegetation, wildlife, and groundwater recharge a year after the release. It will be an opportunity to view breathtaking video of the pulse flow and the subsequent greening of the delta on the big screen.
The session will open with remarks from Sharon Megdal and a showing of RENEWAL - A Reborn Colorado River Once Again Finds Her Path to the Sea, (9.54 minutes) narrated by Robert Redford, produced by Andrew Quinn and Owen Bissell, and written by Ian G. Wilson, Sonoran Institute, and Nina Trasoff, then lead into the panel talks, followed by Q&A.
Sharon Megdal, Director, Water Resources Research Center
Yamilett Carrillo, Executive Director, Delta Water Trust
Karl Flessa, Professor, University of Arizona, Department of Geosciences
Co-chief Scientist, Colorado River Delta Monitoring Program
Francisco Zamora Arroyo, Director, Colorado River Delta Legacy Program, Sonoran Institute
Sponsored by the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center and Water Sustainability Program.