Colorado River Basin

Lou Gum / KAWC

The Cocopah Indian Tribe wants to revive a traditional tea recipe that uses the beans of the screw bean mesquite tree.  But finding the beans is more difficult now than it was just decades ago.  Turns out the tree that was part of Cocopah culture for millennia is dying off. 

High snowpack in the southern Rocky Mountains this winter will likely stave off a shortage declaration in the Colorado River watershed in 2020, relieving pressure on water managers attempting to navigate future scarcity.

New data from U.S. Bureau of Reclamation models show a lessened risk of a key Colorado River reservoir dropping far enough to trigger a first-ever shortage declaration. Snowpack in the Upper Colorado River Basin is at 138 percent of the long-term median, a level not seen in mid-March since 1997.

Francisco Zamora - Sonoran Institute, with aerial support from LightHawk

As the result of a binational agreement between the United States and Mexico, the Colorado River received a pulse flow of water in spring 2014 that once again connected the river to the Gulf of California.

Conservationist Sandra Postel’s continued work in the Colorado River delta will be profiled this weekend on the new National Geographic show “Breakthrough.”

Postel is the founder of the Global Water Policy Project. She first visited the Colorado River delta in 1996.

Arizona Edition - Beginning March 23rd and for the following eight weeks, about 1 percent of the Colorado River’s waters will be released into Mexico.  This Pulse Flow is the result of an amendment to a decades old treaty between the United States and Mexico on management of Colorado River water.  KAWC’s Lou Gum speaks with several experts to get a broad view of the project…(originally aired 03/26/14).

This piece was featured in the March 26th Arizona Edition.  Other pieces featured in the show can be found below in the related content section.

Arizona Edition - Beginning March 23rd and lasting for 8 weeks, about 1 percent of the Colorado River will be released to makes its way to Sea of Cortez and bring new life as it flows through the once lush river delta.  It is part of Minute 319, an agreement signed by Mexico and the U.S. more than a year ago to amend the 1944 U.S./Mexico Water Treaty that established rules for sharing the waters of the Colorado River.