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Colorado Delta Blues No More

Having parched the Colorado River Delta for decades, the U.S. and Mexico are about to water it again, and the benefits are not just environmental but also political. 
The species homo sapiens can only prosper in the arid West if the Colorado River is healthy. Photographer: Ed Darack/Science Faction via Getty Images

How the Colorado River Delta, once a verdant wilderness south of the U.S.-Mexico border, turned into a brown and salty wasteland is a sadly familiar tale. Remarkably, however, this story is about to run in reverse. Humans, having parched the delta for decades, are about to water it again. The benefits are not just environmental but also political.

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