Contaminants without borders: A regional assessment of the Colorado River Delta ecosystem Conference Paper uri icon

abstract

  • © 2003 by CRC Press LLC. The Colorado River Delta Region (CRDR) is comprised of large agricultural areas in the U.S. (Imperial and Yuma districts) and Mexico (Mexicali and San Luis districts), the Salton Sea, and the Lower Colorado River from southern Arizona to the Gulf of California (Valdés-Casillas et al., 1998). Before agricultural development, the lower delta comprised large riparian and wetland areas (Sykes, 1937; Glenn et al., 1999). Currently, most water from the Colorado River below Imperial Dam is used for irrigation in California and Mexico, and only remnants of the former CRDR wetlands remain. However, the Cienega de Santa Clara and the Rio Hardy wetlands (Figure 111.1) provide important habitat for many resident and migratory birds, including endangered species such as the desert pupfish (scientific names are provided in Table 111.1) and the Yuma clapper rail (Abarca et al., 1993; Mellink et al., 1997). Detailed descriptions of the CRDR and its wetlands are provided elsewhere (Sykes, 1937; Glenn et al., 1995; 1999; Friederici, 1998; Valdés-Casillas et al., 1998).

author list (cited authors)

  • Mora, M. A., Garcia, J., Carpio-Obeso, M., & King, K. A.

complete list of authors

  • Mora, MA||Garcia, J||Carpio-Obeso, M||King, KA

publication date

  • January 2003