Dreams on the Dying Stone (2022 - )

Dreams on the Dying Stone documents the communities of the Imperial Valley in California that are at the center of one of the country’s most important water crises. The Imperial Valley is an agricultural region that stretches along the US–Mexico border between the Salton Sea and the Colorado River. The valley, responsible for producing over 90 percent of the country’s winter vegetables, is in the hottest county in the western United States, and it is the largest consumer of the Colorado River’s water, surpassing Arizona and Nevada combined. But with climate change, the Colorado River is drying out, putting the future of the valley’s residents at risk. This work weaves together photographs and interviews to pose the question: what are we willing to sacrifice in the face of climate change? 
© Scott Rossi 2024