In May 2021, the Colorado River, which is usually a parched delta, once again flowed thanks to an agreement between the United States and Mexico dubbed Minute 323. Through this fall, a total of 35,000 acre-feet of water (11.4 billion gallons) will be released downstream from Morelos Dam on the U.S.-Mexico border to quench the thirst of this long-withered ecosystem. The mammoth endeavor to rejuvenate the river delta was years in the making and involved dozens of people, including water managers, policymakers, scientists, conservationists, and nonprofits from both sides of the border.

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