A desert landscape; abandoned crumbling hotels; dry swimming pools; dead palm trees; a salty lake with white salt-encrusted beaches and dead fish. Welcome to the Salton Sea, an apocalyptic place in the forgotten southeast corner of California.
Agriculture is the main industry in the Mexicali valley that straddles the vast Colorado River delta. The 1.5 million acre-feet of water that the USA delivers across the border into Mexico are used to water these fields and to supply the major cities Tijuana and Mexicali. Most of it is used to irrigate the vast agricultural area that covers the northern part of the delta.
The Colorado from beginning till end.
El Mayor – Inocencia Gonzalez is 74 years old but looks like she’s well in her nineties or even older, and that’s what most people in the region think of the crooked, wrinkled chief of the Cocopa village of El Mayor at the Colorado River Delta in Mexico. She has a valid excuse: the extinction of her tribe’s culture is approaching.
Ronald and Johannes won a second prize in the prestigious Dutch photo contest ‘De Zilveren Camera’ with a series of aerial images of the uses of Colorado River water. You can see the series on the Zilveren Camera website. Or here on the Disputed Waters website.