9781555914608

Red Delta : Fighting for Life at the End of the Colorado River

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    9781555914608

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    1555914608

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-10-01
  • Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
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Summary

The region was sparsely populated by farmers and indigenous people. Its wildlife was little known. And it was in Mexico, invisible to North Americans. Thus, after the Water Treaty of 1944 was signed by the United States and Mexico, the flow of the Colorado River diminished to a trickle in the Mexican delta, transforming a fertile land of green lagoons into a dry wasteland. And nobody seemed to care.The Mexican delta of the Colorado River is becoming one of the most remarkable environmental stories on the continent. Red Delta combines the powerful story of the delta's restored natural diversity with clear information on the "river of law" that governs water allotments to it (U.S. -- 90%, Mexico -- 10%), presenting a story of hope and recovery. Whether in search of a rare and endangered bird, sifting through the sands of the delta's badlands for fossils, or visiting a village of the deltas impoverished Cucapa people, Bergman helps us see the variety and abundance of life in this once-forgotten place.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 4(2)
Foreword 6(3)
Rodger Schlickeisen
Map
9(1)
A Brief Note on Language 10(3)
Introduction One Delta Live
13(12)
PART I Natural History and Human Values 25(138)
The Delta of Secret Lives
27(10)
Green Lagoons
37(28)
An Arrested, Shrinking Delta
65(20)
Super Fish
85(8)
A Dream of Clams
93(20)
A River of Trees
113(10)
Crossing the River
123(22)
``We Are Not Yet Dead Still''
145(18)
PART II Delta Water and the River of Law 163(112)
Introduction ``A Bridge over Troubled Waters''
165(6)
Delta of Desire, River of Law
171(28)
Muddy Waters
199(12)
The Delta and the New Western Water Wars
211(22)
The End of the River
233(26)
A Sea and No Exit
259(16)
Conclusion Making the Delta Real 275(11)
Appendix: Endangered, Threatened, and Other Sensitive Species of the Lower Colorado River and the Delta of the Colorado River in Mexico 286(4)
Bibliography and Reference List 290(13)
Index 303(9)
About the Author 312

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