2nd Place; The Dying River by Jonas Kakó
The Colorado River once stretched over 2,000 kilometers, from the the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California, across the western United States. But the river has been drying up and no longer reaches the delta, because extensive agriculture and diversion of water to metropolitan areas led to changes. Dams, huge canal systems, growing cities in the desert. Today over 44 million people depend on the water of the Colorado, but less snowfall in the Mountains intensifies the struggle for water rights. Farmers have to file for bankruptcy, hedge fonds buy farms to get water rights. The Cucupá, live in the Colorado Delta. "As a child I often went swimming in the river, today I fish in the wastewater from agriculture" says Leticia Galavis Sainz (51). "The Cucupá have always made a living from fishing, but without the river our culture dies too!"