May 22, 2014

The river meets the sea

Filed under: Uncategorized — jchatoff @ 12:34 am


This is the week that the Colorado River made it, for the first time in 30 years, to its natural outfall, the Sea of Cortez.

Much like the Mississippi, the Colorado once fed a delta that was a teeming, diverse, unique system of the kind of flora and fauna that can only flourish in mud flats and swamps and tidal estuaries. But over the years, the river that was powerful enough to carve the Grand Canyon was dammed and diverted and chopped and changed to feed agriculture and thirsty towns and suburban lawns and it trickled away to not very much of anything before it reached the sea.

In its place emerged a desert of a delta that lived only rarely. in very wet years.

If you scroll down to March 26, you will find all the details, as well as a link to a National Geographic story about the five-year experiment to restore the delta at least partially. NatG is one of the partners in the effort, as is something called the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

The BEF (  is dedicated to the propagation of renewable energy strategies and watershed restoration. The photo of the delta comes from their website.

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I don’t knoflash on the cloudw if this is a generally well-kept secret or if once again I’m just the last to know, but apparently a number of websites make it possible for older, memory-challenged machines to still access their content.

Turns out that the little gear icon – which means different things on different sites – often allows you to request that the site itself handle all the Flash streaming issues that might be an obstacle.

Also, make sure that your transmission setting is on ‘Auto’ – that allows the technology at the providing end to read your requirements and transmit accordingly.



  1. cool 🙂


    Comment by ninachat — May 22, 2014 @ 11:54 am | Reply

  2. It’s great to hear of such a restoration, in a year of drought and dust storms. Where there’s a will…


    Comment by Celia Carroll — May 24, 2014 @ 11:41 am | Reply

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