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Mile 0.0, Mouth of Paria River Delta, Up Canyon View from River Left (Stake 1396)

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Stake 1396, 28 December 1889 View Larger Image
28 December 1889
The mouth of the Paria River meanders toward the Colorado and extends a sandy delta with braided channels into current. Vegetation is sparse along the main channel of the Paria but is denser along the Colorado River shoreline, notably in the right mid-center. This shrubby vegetation likely is mostly arrowweed, although other species also may be present. Cottonwood trees did not grow along the river but occurred upstream along the Paria River, particularly around Lonely Dell Ranch, marked by the dense grove of cottonwood in the distance at left center.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-261, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1396, 20 December 1989 View Larger Image
20 December 1989
The mouth of the Paria River shifted downstream around 1912, and the former river channel was walled off by sediment deposited by the Colorado River. This new river terrace has been modified to accommodate a long-term parking lot and river access on the floodplain. With the erosion of this part of the debris fan, woody riparian vegetation has advanced up Paria River canyon. Tamarisk had become established here by 1938. There are powerlines and an access road cutting off the base of the talus slope on the right side of the shore.
Photo credit: Raymond M. Turner

Stake 1396, 21 April 2011 View Larger Image
21 April 2011
A line of Fremont cottonwood, coyote willow and black willow have been planted along the shoreline. Tamarisk has increased in the Paria River Canyon as well as along the Colorado River. The lower terrace of the Colorado’s floodplain sustains tamarisk and seepwillow, with mountain rushes and phragmites along the shoreline. Four-wing saltbush, shadscale, and seepweed dominate the terrace.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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