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.

Published by Ronald de Hommel

Ronald de Hommel is a Dutch freelance photojournalist based in Paris, France. He specialises in global social subjects relating to environment, development aid and conflict. He is one of the initiators of Disputed Waters. He works for a wide variety of Dutch and international publications and NGO’s. His work is represented by ANP Photo (Netherlands), Babel-Photo (France, Lightmediation (France) and Nazca Pictures (Italy). Website:

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