In the Seat of Restoration

Interviewing the people closest to the Colorado River Delta restoration

The Colorado River Delta is a place where nature is returning to life in extraordinary ways, especially with the regular deliveries of water throughout the next few months. We couldn’t have this natural beauty and the community benefits without the people who work to achieve positive change. Join us for the In the Seat of Restoration video series with our scientists, field staff, and community members. Together, their stories highlight the wide range of technical skills, organizing, history and culture behind restoring the Colorado River Delta.

Juan Ruíz

Meet Juan! One of our newest team members working in the Colorado River Delta, he is a hydrology technician, an awesome scientist and champion for the environment!

Daniel Cruz

Meet Daniel, one of our awesome scientists working in the Colorado River Delta! He is a hydrology technician who loves observing the flora and fauna of the Delta!

Carlos Nieblas

Meet Carlos! One of our newest team members working in the Colorado River Delta, he is a hydrological and ecological monitoring technician, an awesome scientist, and an advocate for the environment! He loves seeing the results of restoration in the Delta, including the forests of great cottonwood trees.

Cristal Galindo

Meet Cristal, a passionate leader of the restoration work that improves the health of the Colorado River Delta and its forests! She is a field supervisor who has been working to restore the Delta for over 10 years!

Antonia Torres González

Meet Antonia Torres González. Antonia is an indigenous Cucapá woman who has promoted Cucapá culture for more than 22 years in the Mexicali Valley. She highlights how important the flows released in the Colorado River Delta have been for her community and family.

Tomás Rivas

Meet Tomás! Tomás is a restoration specialist for the Colorado River Delta. He oversees restoration activities and plans the restoration of new sites. What he loves most is finding new species of insects, animals, and plants!

Celia Alvarado

This is Celia Alvarado! She grows trees and native plants from seed to reforest the Colorado River Delta. She describes the return of wildlife and encourages everyone to take care of the environment and protect the river.

Rosa González

Meet Rosa! She is one of our field staff members who has been involved in the restoration of the Colorado River Delta for nearly seven years. She brings life back to the river each and every day!

María Guadalupe Cabrera

Meet María Guadalupe, resident of km 49 in the Mexicali Valley. She tells us about her connection to the river through her mother’s work.

Marco Adrían Arellano

Meet Marco! He is seven years old and lives near our restoration site, Laguna Grande. His favorite animal in the Colorado River Delta is the bobcat.

Ezequiel Hernández

Get to know Ezequiel! He is a ranger at our Laguna Grande restoration site in the Colorado River delta where the forest feels like a second home.


Meet Camila! This young woman teaches younger kids traditional Cucapá dance and songs to promote culture and connection to nature and the Colorado River.

Juan Cabrera

Introducing Juan Cabrera. This familiar guy worked with us planting trees to re-forest Laguna Grande over a decade ago. He speaks with us In the Seat of Restoration today to reflect on his effort to create a better future for our children.


Here’s Jaziel! He is a member of the Cucapá Indigenous community. He describes the effort young people are making to strengthen Indigenous culture and inspire adults in their connection to the Colorado River.

César Galindo

Meet César Galindo, a beekeeper in the Mexicali Valley. Restoration of the Colorado River Delta has provided the bees flowers to feed on and a place to produce honey.

Antonio Ávila

Meet Antonio Ávila, one of our hydrologists in the Mexicali Valley! He monitors flows into the Colorado River Delta and the health of the aquifers to make sure the delta is receiving the correct amounts of water.

Alejandro Rosas

Meet Alejandro Rosas, our Hydrological Monitoring Coordinator! He is currently working on monitoring the Hardy River and the upper estuary in the Colorado River Delta.

Blog Post by: Shane Stanzel & Kashja Iler, Marketing Interns