Colorado River Delta Flow Restoration

In 2015 BEF’s Water Restoration Program provided critical funding to restore water and habitat in the depleted Colorado River delta. BEF’s support for the project will result in nearly one billion gallons of restored water and will provide both base flows and small pulse flows necessary to help create riverside habitat that benefits myriad birds and wildlife species. The Colorado delta was once one of the world’s great desert ecosystems, and a bi-national agreement between the U.S. and Mexico provides a key opportunity to restore this ecosystem. BEF’s ongoing support (in addition to the support and hard work of many NGOs) is helping restore water to enhance this once great ecosystem

* Project supports voluntary transactions to change, reduce or stop water use – either temporarily or permanently – to protect or restore water for environmental benefit


Sonora, Mexico

Start Up Date:


Project Benefits:

Enhancing Recreation & Economic Benefits

Environmental Flow Restoration & Protection

Groundwater Conservation & Replenishment

Wildlife & Habitat Protection

Project Type:

Flow Restoration Transaction *


Funding Needed

Project Partners

Pronatura Mexico and Colorado River Water Trust