Colorado River Pulse Flow
It seems fitting to celebrate the Colorado River today, as water is creeping towards the Delta, in response to the first pulse-flow. This is a photo of the Yuma Wetlands, a 3000+ acre restoration project underneath the ocean to ocean bridge in Yuma,AZ. What used to be an area invaded by Tamarisk or Salt Cedar is now a lush riparian area and park. Members of BR recently attended a riparian restoration workshop, held by the Fred Phillips Company at this site. At the workshop, we learned what it took for stakeholders to collaborate, design & execute a thriving restoration project that transformed an underutilized, weed & crime ridden part of the city into a place where families spend quality time together enjoying the bounties of nature. Stakeholders included city officials, mexican nationals, landscape architects & biologists, the Quechan nation, and the farming community, who at first were at odds & after much work, are currently compadres in this beautiful project. Borderlands’ representatives brought back from the workshop, inspiration & many lessons learned on how to execute restoration in our landscapes. But first, we need to bring back the flowing water – so let’s build some rock erosion structures, we’ll work on the cottonwood-willow gallery in years to come!