Drought's impact on Arizona's rivers could be dire, but WRAN's growing membership gives us hope! Photo: Jon Buford

WRAN News: November 2022

Surprise Bird-Rich Wetlands Emerge on Shrinking Salton Sea

In the last 10 years alone, the Salton Sea, the largest remaining body of water in California, shrunk by 38 square miles—primarily due to increasing water diversions to cities. While an otherwise desperate scene further stressed by climate change, conservationists recently discovered a happy surprise—more than 6,700 acres of surprise wetlands emerging from the exposed lakebed. See how Audubon is working to expand and protect this new-found bird sanctuary. Read more.

The Colorado River Compact at 100

On the centennial anniversary of the Colorado River Compact, as reservoir levels have plummeted to historic lows, Native American Tribes remain deprived of access to water rightfully theirs, and we see degradation of freshwater-dependent ecosystems throughout the basin, it seems worth asking whether the Compact—or “Law of the River”—serves us well. Read more.

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