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Colorado River Floods Mexican Delta to Aid in Rebirth
March 30, 2014

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Water from the Colorado River is pouring into a barren area in Mexico, near the U.S. border, as part of a planned rebirth of a delta as part of a landmark agreement between the two countries.

The water is now helping to repopulate the land area around a 70-mile stretch of river into the Sea of Cortez. The delta has been dry for decades. Environment officials hope that the new water will bring back trees, land life, and marine life. The water flowed downriver after officials opened the floodgates of the Colorado River's southernmost dam, Mexico's Morelos Dam, near Yuma, Ariz.

About 400 people, including officials from the governments of both countries, were on hand to celebrate the event.

The restoration of the delta is part of a larger plan to share resources, part of a 2012 agreement between the two countries. That agreement, an update to a 1944 treaty, will be in effect until 2017.

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