The Great Colorado Drought

by Brian Bergman

The Colorado River once supported human and non-human ecosystems between the Rocky Mountains and the Gulf of California in Northern Mexico.Today, water from the river supports some more than others, and its delta has been dry for decades - the site of one of the world's largest manmade ecological disaster, still largely unacknowledged. In revealing imagery, The Great Colorado Drought tells a cautionary tale of greed, inequality and ecological decay, set in the unique landscape of the American Southwest.

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The 1,450-mile Colorado River is one of the world’s most developed and regulated river systems, and one of the most endangered rivers in the country. The battle for its riches and the history of its demise go back to the 19th century. In the U.S, the Colorado river supplies safe, clean drinking water for 40 million people in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. The river also supports irrigation for 5 million acres of farmland, and a $5 trillion economy, but the Colorado river basin is getting hotter and drying up. As a result of water use and damming upstream, very little of the Colorado trickles down to the Delta, in Mexico’s Gulf of California.