Robert Redford and Will Ferrell use some new tactics to get attention to the dried up Colorado delta. the goal of the video is to attract attention to http://raisetheriver.org/ Redfords organization to bring the Colorado delta back to life. On their website they write: “If we can add a relatively small amount of water to the Colorado — less […]
Publication about the Colorado River in the Dutch Amnesty magazine ‘Wordt Vervolgd’.
The American – Mexican border is one of the best protected frontiers in the world. In recent years America has built a steel fence thousands of kilometers long through the desert to keep Latin Americans out. Only water passes the fence unharmed. But the quantity gets less and less each year.
“Since 1960 the water flows in the delta have been very very occasional”
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.
Justice Hobbs speaking about the Colorado before the water is diverted by the Morelos Dam
“Mexico every year takes its million and a half acre-feet through the Morelos Dam and dries up the Colorado in Mexico” Gregory Hobbs, Justice of the Supreme Court of Colorado
“When the river disappeared, our whole life disappeared” Inocencia Gonzalez (74), one of the last remaining Cucapa Indians in the Colorado Delta
The Colorado River was the meaning of life for the Cocopa, a native tribe that lives in the border area of Arizona and North-Mexico. ‘When the river disappeared, so did our lives and culture’, says village chief Inocencia Gonzalez.
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.