Images can say more than a thousand words. And sometimes two images together can convey the whole message. Here a few double images that illustrate the conflict between the different uses of Colorado River water. Other combinations just work nicely together visually. Photos: Johannes Abeling and Ronald de Hommel.
The major tourist destination Lake Havasu is a reservoir constructed a big pumping station indicates the start of the Central Arizona Project (CAP). This 336 mi (541 km) long diversion canal moves water from the Colorado River to central and southern Arizona. The CAP is the largest and most expensive aqueduct system ever constructed in the United States, and it is the single biggest consumer of energy in Arizona. Without it Phoenix would not have been able to grow to its current size of 1,5 million residents.
Photos: Ronald de Hommel / Johannes Abeling
Phoenix Arizona, a city of 1,5 million inhabitants, is located in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert. It has the hottest climate of any major city in the United States. The city receives its water from the Colorado River through a 310 mile long (500km) water canal called the CAP (Central Arizona Project), that transports about 1.5 million acre-feet of Colorado River water per year.
Photo’s: Johannes Abeling and Ronald de Hommel
The Caiptal of the Chinese Province Yunnan has seen a spectacular growth in recent years. Just like many other major population centres in the country. Yunnan’s energy production is mostly green, coming from hydro power. Seemingly a good thing. Countries down stream are not unanimously happy with that though.
The fishermen of Si Phan Don in the south of Laos risk their lives on a daily basis to catch just enough fish for their own consumption. Fragile fish traps ingeniously mounted in the rushing waters of the Khone Falls catch Mekong Catfish swimming upstream to their spawning grounds. Ten planned dams in the Mekong River may destroy the livelihood of these men.