Peter McBride and Jonathan Waterman Trace Water Through The Colorado River
I keep telling everyone that will listen that fresh water is the next “oil” of natural resources. It is a natural resource that is being depleted rapidly, while its value (for irrigation, drinking, generating power, etc.) increases dramatically. There have already been many conflicts over fresh water, including violence and legal battles over water rights. The Smithsonian reports “More than one billion people around the world now live in water-stressed regions, according to the World Health Organization, a number that is expected to double by 2050, when an estimated nine billion people will inhabit the planet.”
One of the places in the United States that you can truly see the sobering effects of our use of fresh water is the Colorado river. Photographer Pete McBride (check out his website) has taken some extraordinary photos that tell the story of a mighty river that no longer reaches the sea:
Lake Powell in Utah has a white ring that rises over 70 feet above current water levels. The ring is mineral deposits from where the water level used to be.
Check out more photographs and the story of Pete McBride and Jon Waterman in their book The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict