Sudan, Ethiopia, Ruanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo: not only Egypt wants Nile water. Since the moment that -except for Egypt and Sudan- all other countries mentioned above started the so-called Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in 2009, politicians in Egypt and Sudan have been in a state of alarm.
Normally, it would be easy to understand Mrs. Basilios Farag, one of the owners of the Mirhom Farag Farm, northeast of Cairo, but not today; especially not now. It’s Friday afternoon, and the muezzin is calling for prayers in the nearby village. ‘I think their loudspeakers are really too noisy’, says Basilios.
‘In the beginning, we slept in tents, because there was nothing here, just desert´, tells Dr. Mohamed Waeed, manager of the livestock division of DINA farm, along the Desert Road between Cairo and Alexandria. Desert really means desert here: we’re talking about real, yellow sand. And when Dr. Waeed talks about the beginning, he talks about 1987. It’s almost unbelievable how fast this part of Egypt has developed since then. Residential areas, farm land and an eight-lane highway now occupy the desert northwest of Cairo.
Cairo, March 16th, 2011 – I just arrived in Cairo, this massive city on the longest river in the world: the Nile, with a length of 6700 kilometres. During my flights from Berlin to Istanbul and then onwards to Cairo, I scanned through a great book: ‘When the rivers run dry’ by Fred Pearce. Just […]
Together with the launch of the website disputewaters.com this week, we have a double page publication in the German weekly newsmagazine Der Freitag. There will be a slideshow of images on their website as well. Here’s a PDf of the publication. It is actually a collection of 5 short stories about the Colorado in general […]
Meet Juan Patiño Suárez, sitting in his big chair in his garden, with his little dog. Don Juan, as we nicknamed him, is 74 years old and at the age of twelve, he came to Colonia Miguel Alemán, an agricultural community near San Luis Río Colorado in the northwest of Mexico. Most of his life, he worked on the land. ‘Back in the days, there was no bridge over the Colorado River’, he tells us. ‘We had to take little boats to get to the other bank.’
This is where The Colorado River ends. The Morelos Dam, on the border between Arizona and Mexico diverts all of the 1,5 million acre feet of river water that Mexico receives annually, into an irrigation canal to feed agriculture, industry and cities like Mexicali, Tecate and Tijuana. The little pool of water that seeps through the dam, disappears into the ground, not far after the dam. The rest of he riverbed, until its mouth in the Sea of Cortez, has turned to dust.
Ronald de Hommel and Olivier van Beemen will visit the last part of the Colorado River from Oct. 27 until Nov 02 2010. They will visit the dried up delta just across the border in Mexico. Colorado water only reaches Baja California once every few years. The once lush wetlands have dried up due to the over-use of Colorado water
Lake Havasu City – The further south we get, the weirder the Colorado River and its accompanying lakes seem to get. Take Lake Havasu City. According to the city’s very knowledgeable water manager Doyle Wilson, this is `the hottest city in the western hemisphere (128 degrees Fahrenheit in 1994, or 53 degrees Celsius!).
Weird, weirder, weirdest – the Salton Sea in the south of California, just two hours from Los Angeles, is a place incomparable to anywhere else in the world. Located at an altitude of 40 meters below sea level, in August this place lies in the sweltering, humid heat and is waiting for the first monsoon rains, as even the Californians call it.