Colorado River pulse flow released surge of greenhouse gases

Summit County Citizens Voice

New growth in delta could offset CO2 released from riverbed

Colorado River delta The Colorado River Delta captured in a 2004 image from the International Space Station. Via NASA Earth Observatory.

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Staff Report

Human management of natural ecosystems always has unintended consequences, and the Colorado River is no example. After decades of intense dam building and diversions, the mighty river is a mere shadow of it former self, reduced to a trickle in some places and polluted by return flows in others. Along its entire length, ecosystems, including riparian zones and native fish, have suffered, with some of the biggest impacts in the Colorado River delta.

In an effort to restore at least some key reaches of the river, scientists and water managers have teamed up to try mimic some of the Colorado’s natural functions, with controlled releases of water to build up beaches. Those efforts…

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