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Where does the water go?

Colorado River water goes to inefficient agricultural irrigation, watering golf courses and filling swimming pools and inner city lakes. At the same time natural areas like the Salton Sea and the Colorado delta have dried up without any consideration for nature and the local populations. Photo’s: Johannes Abeling and Ronald de Hommel

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“We sell Virtual Reality”

The Las Vegas Strip uses 3% of al the water in Las Vegas. Pat Mulroy, director of the Southern Nevada Water Authority praises the cooperation of the Casino owners in her efforts to curb water waste.

Photo’s: Johannes Abeling and Ronald de Hommel

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Recreation On and Along the Colorado River

Tourism is a major revenue generator for the American southwest. It may also be a good way to raise awareness for the trouble the Colorado is in. Photo’s: Ronald de Hommel and Johannes Abeling

The Colorado River is the lifeline of the American Southwest. Its watershed covers seven states and Mexico. More than 100% of its water is used for recreation, agriculture and drinking water. the water is heavily recycled and re-used. Because of the over-use of the water the massive reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell have gone down in the past ten years to below 50% capacity.

Users that lose out on the water are nature and poorer areas. Great wetlands, like the river delta in Mexico, but also the Salton Sea in California have received hardly or no water in the last decades resulting in desertification and resettlement of population.

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