Documents

The documents colected here have been posted in the order received, most recent first.  That does not make finding the document you want very easy as there are ow more than 70 documents.  Please let us know if you think of a better method.



Colorado Acequia Handbook
Water Rights and Governance Guide for Colorado’s Acequias
(Revised 2016)

This handbook is a joint effort of the Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association, the Getches-
Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at the University of
Colorado Law School, Colorado Open Lands, and dedicated private attorneys. The handbook
was inspired by the New Mexico Acequia Association’s Acequia Governance Handbook,
which served as a wonderful model.



Taos Valley Acequia Association
The special meeting held March 4, 2017 was well attended,
with lively debate and extensive exchange of information
On Saturday, March 4, 2017

Click here to read the rport,
Hydrologic Elements of the Taos Valley Settlement
by John Shomaker
John Shomaker & Associates
Albuquerque




Environmental and Food Justice


Developed and moderated by Devon G. Peña
January 28.2017

Guest Blog | Roberto Lovato on the wisdom of acequias




John Shomaker

John Shomaker & Associates
Albuquerque
March 20, 2016




Benjamin L. Turner 1,*, Vincent Tidwell 2, Alexander Fernald 3, José A. Rivera 4,
Sylvia Rodriguez 5, Steven Guldan 6, Carlos Ochoa 7, Brian Hurd 3, Kenneth Boykin 3
and Andres Cibils 3
1 Dick and Mary Lewis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences,
Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 700 University Blvd., MSC 228, Kingsville, TX 78363, USA
2 Sandia National Laboratories, P.O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM 87185, USA; vctidwe@sandia.gov
3 College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University,
P.O. Box 30003, MSC 3-I, Las Cruces, NM 88003, USA; afernald@nmsu.edu (A.F.); bhurd@nmsu.edu (B.H.);
kboykin@nmsu.edu (K.B.); acibils@nmsu.edu (A.C.)
4 Center for Regional Studies, MSC05 3020, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA;
jrivera@unm.edu
5 Department of Anthropology (Emerita), MSC01-1040, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131,
USA; sylrodri@unm.edu
6 Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde, New Mexico State University, 371 County Road 40,
P.O. Box 159, Alcalde, NM 87511, USA; sguldan@nmsu.edu
7 Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, Oregon State University, 124 Withycombe Hall, Corvallis,
OR 97331, USA; carlos.ochoa@oregonstate.edu

* Correspondence: benjamin.turner@tamuk.edu; Tel.: +1-361-593-2464; Fax: +1-361-593-3788
Academic Editor: Vincenzo Torretta
Received: 9 August 2016; Accepted: 9 October 2016; Published: 13 October 2016

In this paper we describe the background and context of acequia communities in northern New Mexico. 
We then describe the major stock-and-flow components of the model and challenges of the arid environment in which they reside.
Today, however, the sustainability of acequia communities face many challenges - including climate.


Water Sharing, Sanctity, and Place

Acequia

Copyrighted Material www.sarpress.sarweb.org

10/15/2016

Introduction:

The story told in these pages is born out of the struggle of acequia systems to survive
in a world where water scarcity and competition are no longer local issues but part
of a global crisis. Small farmers and ranchers in New Mexico are fully immersed in
the urban wage economy, and few subsist exclusively or primarily by agriculture. Yet
in communities in Taos, Río Arriba, Mora, and other northern counties, people still
clean their ditches and irrigate, and ditch associations increasingly mobilize and litigate
to defend their water rights against competing claims and demands. The regional
pressures that face them include population growth, urbanization, and industrial or
resort development, all of which require ever greater amounts of water—water that
most city dwellers comfortably assume will be transferred for their needs and out of
agricultural use.

Water scarcity and the legal status and ownership of water and water rights are
major world issues in the 21st century. The acequia associations of New Mexico, like
other local water-use and water-sharing communities around the world, are caught in
a dilemma: the legal transition of water as a substance to which all humans have a
right, to water as a commodity available to the highest bidders. This worldwide crisis
magnifies their significance as an example of a workable, even elegant solution to the
age-old problem of dividing water where it is scarce.

Copyrighted Material www.sarpress.sarweb.org 1



TAOS VALLEY ACEQUIA ASSOCIATION

RESOLUTION NO. 2016-2

Regarding voluntary compliance with the Open Meetings Act



NOTICE OF RIGHT TO INSPECT PUBLIC RECORDS


By law, under the Inspection of Public Records Act, every person has the right to inspect public records of the Taos Valley Acequia Association (TVAA). Compliance with requests to inspect public records is an integral part of the routine duties of the officers and employees of the TVAA.

Click here to read the entire Notice



Conflict Management & Acequia Enforcement

by stefany-barnette

from DocSlides




How The Middle Eastern Irrigation Ditch Called Acequia Changed The American Southwest

by Gerald Zarr // Photography by Donatella Davanzo

Aramco World, 9/1/2016



Acequias, GMOs and bioregional autonomy | Report on the
condition of agriculture in Costilla County, Colorado 
With special reference to center of origin land race cultivars and GMO crops

PART 1 | ECOLOGICAL, CULTURAL & HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

PART 2 | THE CULEBRA CENTER OF ORIGIN AND DIVERSITY

PART 3 | PROFILE OF CONTEMPORARY AGRICULTURE IN COSTILLA COUNTY

Devon G. Peña | Viejo San Acacio, CO | November, 2015



International Journal of the Commons

A common-pool resource experiment in acequia communities

Nejem Raheem

Department of Marketing Communication, Emerson College, USA, nejem_raheem@emerson.edu

Abstract
Farmers and rural advocates in New Mexico assert that traditional irrigators are better adapted to water scarcity and variability than other communities. Data to actually test this are often scarce, but such information could be useful for planning the state’s water future, especially as climate change predictions tend toward less reliable supplies. This paper reports results from a common pool resource (CPR) experiment that simulates irrigating behavior using two groups: rural irrigators and undergraduate students. Despite predictions to the opposite, there was no significant difference between mean withdrawals or predictions of other players’ behavior. On average, both groups withdrew above the social optimum but below the Nash equilibrium. This work appears to be the first example of a common pool resource experiment conducted with traditional New Mexican irrigators.



Water wise: Book explores culture of irrigation-dependent communities

Review by Casey Sanchez 

Santa Fe New Mexican
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014



Hondo Valley acequias: Engineering marvels

A photo-essay byJ.R. Logan

The Taos News, Oct 1, 2014



Acequias: Sharing Water in an Arid Land

by Natasha Balwit, CoLab Radio

Posted September 22nd 2014
in Stories of Santa Fe: Streetside Tapestry



Enduring Acequias: Wisdom of the Land, Knowledge of the Water

by Juan Estevan Arellano

reviewed by New Mexico Acequia Association



JHFARR.COM

Acequia Close-up

August 3, 2014



Exhibit reflects value of acequias

If you go
WHAT: “El Agua es Vida: Acequias in Northern New Mexico”
WHEN: Through May 31, 2015
WHERE: Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico
HOW MUCH: Free. Call 277-4405 or visitmaxwellmuseum.unm/edu



The following books are available as pdf downloads courtesy of Google:

Acequia Culture Water, Land and Community in the Southwest by Jose A. Rivera

Acequia Madre: Through the Mother Ditch by Miriam Sagan

Juan the Bear and the Water of Life by Enrique R. Lamadrid

Mayordomo Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico by Stanley G. Crawford



From the Green Fire Times
January, 2014

        1. A Brief Acequia History,  by José A. Rivera

        2. The Acequia Movement in New Mexico

        3. Anatomy of an Acequia

4. New Mexico Acequia Association – 25 Years and Counting, by By Paula Garcia



USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

New Mexico Basin Outlook Report

January 1, 2013



The Taos Valley Acequuia Association has assembled a


Recommended Reading List

Most of these books are available at the Taos Public Library



ACEQUIA MARÍA MAYANCELA: THE SAN ANDRÉSCANAL SYSTEM, CHIMBORAZO, ECUADOR

by Guy Stephen Duke
B.A., Anthropology, Simon Fraser University, 2007
B.A., Archaeology, University of Calgary, 2003

THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OFTHE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARTS

In theDepartment of Archaeology

© Guy Stephen Duke 2010
SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
Summer 2010



Environmental and Food Justice

Developed and moderated by Devon G. Peña, Ph.D.



"In advance of the First Congress of Colorado Acequias (October 19-21, 2012) I am presenting a three-part series on acequia community irrigation ditch systems and the environmental history of the Río Arriba or Upper Rio Grande bioregion."  Devon G. Peña, Ph.D., Moderator

Acequias: Water, Place, Resilience, and Democracy | 1 of 3

Acequias: Water, Place, Resilience, and Democracy | 2 of 3

Acequias: Water, Resilience, Place, and Democracy | Part 3 of 3




Measuring Acequia Functionality: Developing a Tool for Assessing New Mexico's Community-Based Irrigation Systems

A professional project report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the dual degree of Master of Water Resources & Master of Community & Regional Planning, Water Resources Program, University of New Mexico.

by Marcos A Roybal

For a full report (10.8Mb) click here.



Water Transfers and Water Banking Workshop

New Mexico Acequia Association

May 17,  2012



The New Mexico Land Grant Council

The New Mexico Land Grant Council is an agency of state government administratively attached to the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration.  It was founded in 2009 by statute and provides support to 23 land grants-mercedes in New Mexico recognized as units of government (political subdivisions of the state).  See concept paper.



Designing Democracy Around a Ditch

Smithsonian.com series on water scarcity

May 14, 2012



Acequias

from the blog SantaFedia

The free encyclopedia of Santa Fe, NM



Spring Acequia in Garden of Eden

A photo by John Hamilton Farr

April 22, 2012



Colorado Water 2012: Acequia culture dates back a thousand years

Here’s the Valley Courier’s Colorado Water 2012 series
written by Lauren Krizansky.


April 19, 2012



Acequia Culture: Community Management of Surface Water in Arid Lands

Wondering About Water; a Biosphere by lily house-peters

The history of the acequia culture in Sonora is particularly interesting due to Sonora’s unique status in the history of Mexico.



¡Viva la Acequia!

In arid New Mexico, common water rights have endured for centuries
an essay by Paula Garcia, NMAA
 
By Jay Walljasper

from the blog On the Commons



SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL 15

50TH LEGISLATURE - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - SECOND SESSION, 2012

INTRODUCED BY Gerald Ortiz y Pino

A JOINT MEMORIAL
REQUESTING THE NEW MEXICO ACEQUIA COMMISSION TO STUDY METHODS
OF MUTUAL COOPERATION BETWEEN THE MIDDLE RIO GRANDE CONSERVANCY
DISTRICT AND ACEQUIA ASSOCIATIONS IN THE SOUTH VALLEY TO
PROTECT ACEQUIAS IN THE MIDDLE RIO GRANDE VALLEY.



Taos Valley Acequia Association
Newsletter - Summer 2011


Inside this issue:
TVAA Board
Acequia Task Force
Acequia Lectures
Update Bylaws
Funds for Acequias
Nuestras Acequias



La Luz de Nuevo México: Rituals of Seasonal Change in Acequia Communities

Posted on December 22, 2011 by davidfgarcia

The New Mexico Acequia Association




Foods of New Mexico

Written by Paul Harden
Friday, 05 August 2011

Copyright © 1999-2011 El Defensor Chieftain



Taos Land, Light and Legend first place essay: El Río Pueblo
 
By Lyn-Li Torres Pugh
The Taos News, August 1, 2011



SACRED LANDS: WHEN THE ORDINARY BECOMES SACRED

Norman Crowe

University of New Mexico and University of Notre Dame
2011 Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Symposium

ncrowe@nd.edu



50th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2011

HOUSE BILL 117
INTRODUCED BY Miguel P. Garcia
AN ACT RELATING TO SPECIAL DISTRICTS; CLARIFYING THE POWERS OF CERTAIN CONSERVANCY DISTRICTS OVER ACEQUIAS AND COMMUNITY DITCHES.

HOUSE BILL 505
INTRODUCED BY Don L. Tripp
RELATING TO WATER; ALLOWING FOR THE FILING OF COMPLAINTS FOR INTERFERING WITH AN ACEQUIA OR DITCH RIGHT OF WAY.

Posted 2/16//2011



The Mayordomo Project

A progress report from the New Mexico Acequis Association

January 2011



Celebrando las Acequias_2010: Past, Present, and Future 

The Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University is pleased to announce that the Celebrando las Acequias_2010 archival documentation is now online!


The Celebrando, a free two-day symposium held in Dixon, New Mexico in June 2010, was organized by acequia mayordomo, farmer, writer, historian, and community leader Juan Estevan Arellano.


Monday, January 3, 2011




Declaration of Core Values of the New Mexico Acequia Association

adopted by the 2010 Congreso
de las Acequias



Those Who Would Carry the Water

by Mark Nepo
This article will appear as the introduction in the forthcoming Fetzer Institute and Wilson Center publication,
Our Shared Future: Environmental Pathways to Peace, based on an event cosponsored
at the Wilson Center in January 2009.


Posted 12/24/2010



Water Rights Management Software

Now available from MaLo Designs

"Managing the complex issues of your water association just got easier.  The Acequias Water Management System provides association managers/volunteers with an easy to use database product that tracks all of your membership information. "



Acequias de Común: The Tension between Collective Action and Private Property Rights

John R. Brown and José A. Rivera

Constituting the Commons: Crafting Sustainable Commons in the New Millennium,
Eighth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property

Bloomington, Indiana, USA, May 31-June 4, 2000



Water Matters: Acequias

Author and date unknown



National Science Foundation

 
Award Abstract #1010516
 CNH: Acequia Water Systems Linking Culture and Nature: Integrated Analysis of Community Resilience to Climate and Land-Use Changes

This project will provide new insights into the relationships between traditional water management systems, communities, and landscapes.

New Mexico State University
Corner of Espina St. & Stewart
Las Cruces, NM 88003 575/646-1590



LINKING MOUNTAINS TO VALLEYS: EXPLORING THE INFLUENCE OF MOUNTAIN HYDROLOGY on TRADITIONAL ACEQUIA IRRIGATION SYSTEMS

HARDING, Jevon J., Earth and Environmental Science Dept, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801, jharding@nmt.edu and WILSON, John L., Earth and Environmental Science, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801



New Mexico State University
Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde
Acequia Hydrology Research Project


has published a number of papers regarding acequia / groundwater interaction

Copies of the following papers, and others as they are published, are available here.

Peer-reviewed articles
  • Hydrologic, Riparian, and Agroecosystem Functions of Traditional Acequia Irrigation Systems
  • Surface Water and Groundwater Interactions Between Irrigation Ditches, Alluvial Aquifers, and Streams
  • Deep Percolation and its Effects on Shallow Groundwater Level Rise Following Flood Irrigation
  • Water Movement through a Shallow Vadose Zone: A Field Irrigation Experiment
  • Surface Water Seepage Effects on Shallow Groundwater Quality along the Rio GrForeign officials study Santa Fe water policy

  • River Hydrograph Retransmission Functions of Irrigated Valley Surface Water - Groundwater Interactions

Other technical publications

  • Hydrological Impacts of Traditional Community Irrigation Systems in New Mexico
  • River, Acequia, and Shallow Groundwater Interactions
  • Land Use Change Impacts on Acequia Water Resources in Northern New Mexico



For an interesting survey of acequias worldwide

visit Acequia Europe

10 August 2010



New Mexico's Acequias: Irrigation and Social Organization

OLLI WATER, FOOD & PEOPLE
A Blog Intended for Enrollees in the Courses on Water, Food, and Population Issues to be offered at OLLI at George Mason University beginning Autumn 2010 Term.
30 July 2010




Spanish Water/Anglo Water:
Early Development in San Antonio


Charles Porter
in the Texas Observer
June 30, 2010


Charles R. Porter is an adjunct professor at St. Edward’s University in Austin and is a testifying expert in water rights, real estate and construction nationwide. His most recent book is Spanish Water/Anglo Water.




Acequia: Water-sharing, Sanctity, And Place

Sylvia Rodriguez (Author) (2007)


"The story told in these pages is born out of the struggle of acequia systems to survive in a world where water scarcity and competition are no longer local issues but part of a global crisis."

Available from Amazon



Acequias, An Inovative Way to Save Water

Jonathan Salazar
(Junior Division)

Jonathan doesn't say Junior Division of what,
but this is an excellent site.



Historic Waterways Keep Traditions Alive.

by Kathy Pinto


The Free Library by Farlex
COPYRIGHT 2010 Organization of American States
Copyright 2010 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.



ACEQUIA CULTURE: HISTORIC IRRIGATED LANDSCAPES OF NEW MEXICO
Cultura de las Acequias: Paisajes históricos en el regadío Nuevo Mexicano


José A. Rivera (University of New Mexico) and
Luis Pablo Martínez (Consellería de Cultura i Educació, Generalitat Valenciana)



The Watershed Commonwealth of the Upper Rio Grande

by Devon Pina

Chapter 9 in the book:
Natural Assets, Democratizing Environmental Ownership
James K. Boyce, Barry G. Shelley, Editors
Copyright 2003 Island Press



Exploring the Dynamics of Social-Ecological Systems:
The Case of the Taos Valley Acequias

Michael Cox

Submitted to the University Graduate School in partial fulfillment
of the requirements
for the degree Doctor of Philosophy

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Indiana University

February 2010



Colorado’s 2009 Acequia Recognition Law:
Punching a Hole in Prior?


Lecture to the Water Center by Devon G. Peña,
Professor of AES, Anthropology, PoE, University of Washington (March 2, 2010)

Posted 3/30/2010



The E-Flow Challenge in an Acequia Irrigation System with Storage
Environmental Flow Workshop

by:
Harold Trujillo, on
President Acequia de La Isla
c/o Morphy Lake – Ledoux Valley –Mora County
&
Vice Chairman
New Mexico Acequia Association
March 15, 2010



THE IBERIAN ORIGINS OF NEW MEXICO’S COMMUNITY ACEQUIAS

José A. Rivera
University of New Mexico

Thomas F. Glick
Boston University



De la Tierra a la Cosecha (From Earth to Harvest) 
Sustaining the land, water, food and culture of Northern New Mexico 

(Brochure, pdf format) 2010


A collaborative project of the Taos County Economic Development Corporation,
Taos Land Trust and Taos Valley Acequia Association



Acequias

By Brigette Buynak and

Jerold Widdison (2007, 2008)
Expanded and updated by Lisa Brown,
Jerold Widdison, and Susan Kelly (2009)
New Mexico State Unuversity

This paper provides an excellent history and up-to-date status report on acequias in New Mexico



SENATE BILL 204
49TH LEGISLATURE - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - SECOND SESSION, 2010

INTRODUCED BY Gerald Ortiz y Pino
 
AN ACT RELATING TO SPECIAL DISTRICTS; CLARIFYING THE POWERS OF CERTAIN CONSERVANCY DISTRICTS OVER ACEQUIAS AND COMMUNITY DITCHES; MAKING AN APPROPRIATION.



Communities join to protect water
and sustain rural livelihood

By Beth Griffin, Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Volume 2009, Issue 4

Family farmers and ranchers in arid New Mexico
share scarce water resources using communal
irrigation systems developed more than 400
years ago. They do not want to abandon a practice that
has sustained their people for centuries.



Robustness and vulnerability of community irrigation systems:
the case of the Taos valley acequias

Michael Cox & Justin M. Ross, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
August 2009

Traditional economic and policy analysis theory has emphasized the implementation of private or public property rights regimes in order to sustainably manage natural resources. More recent work has challenged this approach by examining the strengths and weakness of communities of users who frequently manage such resources. This paper contributes to this literature by analyzing the acequia irrigation communities in northern New Mexico. Through statistical analysis the paper finds that the acequias’ ability to maintain a critical performance function, crop production, is aided by water sharing agreements and access to groundwater, and that it is hampered by property rights fragmentation and urbanization.



osun.org

Provides links to an extensive collection of documents related to acequias.

Note that separate sections are provided for pdf, doc, and ppt files



SENATE FLOOR SUBSTITUTE FOR SENATE BILL 486

49TH LEGISLATURE - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - FIRST SESSION, 2009

AN ACT RELATING TO SPECIAL DISTRICTS; CLARIFYING THE POWERS
OF CERTAIN CONSERVANCY DISTRICTS OVER
ACEQUIAS AND COMMUNITY DITCHES.



Farmers' Insurance Company has published a teachers' aid,

Keeping the American Promise

Volume 2.2 contains an interesting history of the acequias in New Mexico.
Unfortuately, this was published in three pdf files;
Page 1
Page 14
Page 15

Originally published in 1998



New Mexico Water Rights Adjudication Data

This web site contains specific data relating to New Mexico
water rights adjudications that
have concluded or are pending in the
United States District Court, District of New Mexico.




DEEP PERCOLATION AND ITS EFFECTS ON SHALLOW
GROUNDWATER LEVEL RISE FOLLOWING FLOOD IRRIGATION


C. G. Ochoa, A. G. Fernald, S. J. Guldan, M. K. Shukla
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces

Submitted for review in June 2006 as manuscript number SW 6507;
approved for publication by the Soil & Water Division of ASABE in
November 2006.



DOCUMENTATION OF OSE TAOS AREA
CALIBRATED GROUNDWATER FLOW MODEL

1/11/2006
by
Peggy Barroll, Ph.D. and Peter Burck, CGWP
New Mexico Office of the State Engineer



Romance, roots, and reality: Acequias sin parciantes?

A report on the UNM-Taos / SMU lecture held 9/10/2009

published by
Acequias and Adjudication, a Blog

A sabbatical research blog on acequias, adjudication,
and water rights in New Mexico



WATER RESOURCES ASSESSMENT OF THE MORA RIVER

Editors:
Dr. Bruce Thomson
Dr. Abdul-Mehdi Ali

Water Resources Program
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
June 2009




The Trans-Basin Acequias of the Mora Valley, New Mexico

Leslie R. Kryder
WR573, Water Resources Program, University of New Mexico
January, 2010



Juan the Bear and the Water of Life/La Acequia de Juan del Oso
(Paso Por Aqui Series on the Nuevomexicano Literary Heritage)

by Enrique R. Lamadrid (Author), Juan Estevan Arellano (Author),
Amy Cordova (Illustrator)

Reading level: age 10 years and up

Available from Amazon Books



The Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, a program of
New Mexico Tech, in Socorro, has conducted significant research
regarding the geology and hydrology of Taos County.

This work can be found at:

New Mexico Tech
Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources
Taos documents



Environmental & Food Justice -  A Blog

The Challenges of Acequia Farming - Part I

Today's blog marks the start of a new series by acequia farmers
 of the Upper Rio Grande bioregion. 
The series will focus on the
everyday and long-term challenges
facing acequia farmers.
These challenges include legal, economic,
technological, social,
political, and ecological issues.


Friday, July 31, 2009

The Challenges of Acequia Farming - Part II
Cambiando aqua:  Water, landscape, and place

Sunday, September 6, 2009




Aguanomics
the economics of water (and some other stuff)

Water in the High Desert

A guest post by Joanna Cornell
23 July 2009



Tiered Financial Reporting for State Entities

SB0336 provides for tiered financial reporting
for all governmental subunits, including acequias,
based on the size of each organization as determined
by annual revenue.  A financial impact report (FIR)
for the companion bill, HB828, is available here.


This act becomes effective July 1, 2010



House Bill 40, which restricts the ability of municipalities to
condemn water rights outside municipal boundaries,
passed the state legislature in its 2009 regular session.
The bill prohibits cities from condemning surface water rights
belonging to farmers, acequias or conservancy districts.

Governor Richardson signed this bill April 10, 2009



Rep. Vigil introduces acequia bill HB1233

A bill to allow the creation of acequia water conservancy districts
has been introduced in the Colorado House of Representatives,
by newly elected District 62 Representative Edward Vigil.

Ritter signs acequia bill
VALLEY COURIER STAFF REPORT
April 23, 2009

The Canejos County Citizen

February 26, 2009

A description of the terms of this bill
is available from Coyote Gulch
March 14, 2009

Colorado State Senate passes bill unanimously.
March 24, 2009

More on this bill, and extensive background information
on water law in Colorado and the West is available at
the blog, Environmental Food & Justice
April 7, 2009



Flood vs. Drip Irrigation; Which is better?

This series of research papers concludes
that in many cases flood irrigation is actually
more efficient use of water as a result
of deep percolation and aquifer recharge.


The NRCS has responded! 
Roger Ford, State Conservation Engineer,
sent us this letter responding to our request for comment.

Send us your comments.  We'll post them here.




Here are two papers of interest from NRCS:
Subsurface Drip Irrigation and IWM



Lisa Skye has posted a comprehensive

A Taos Timeline: Wide Open Spaces and Historical Places

February 21, 2009



The Ecology of Acequias in Mora County:
Patterns, Processes and Place-based Knowledge

A project to be conducted by the Center for
Ecology and Geographic Information Systems
 New Mexico Tech



Effects of acequias and groundwater levels
on riparian vegetation, evapotranspiration,
and restoration


Project Director: Ciara Cusack B.S.
ccusack@nmsu.edu
Co-Director: A.G. Fernald PhD.
fernald@nmsu.edu

College of Agriculture and Home Economics
Animal and Range Sciences
New Mexico State University




SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL 18

47TH LEGISLATURE - STATE OF NEW MEXICO
 SECOND SESSION, 2006
INTRODUCED BY Carlos R. Cisneros

REQUESTING THE PUBLIC EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE STATE'S
PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO EDUCATE STUDENTS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF NEW
MEXICO'S ACEQUIAS TO THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE STATE.



Acequia Improvement Process
in New Mexico with
Acequia Construction Program Funding



Natural Resources Conservation Service
United States Department of Agriculture



AG Rules Against Acequias Group

Albuquerque Journal, Tuesday, November 04, 2008
By Juan-Carlos Rodriguez, Journal Staff Writer

This article provides a heads-up to all acequias
regarding the importance of following open-meeting
and related rules.

Click here for a copy of Attorney General King's letter.



“Acequias: Their Culture and Future,”

The UNM School of Architecture and Planning hosted
an exhibition of measured drawings and photographs
on the acequias and traditional Hispanic mill in La Cienega, New Mexico.

For a copy of this report click here (pdf file, 4.8MB)



The Role of Acequias in Water Planning

by Wilfred Gutierrez, Chair, New Mexico Acequia Commission


Originally published November, 1992
Posted 12/16/2009



A Joint Memorial

Requesting the Acequia Commission to develop an official registry of
Acequias in New Mexico

The Legislature of The State of New Mexico, 2008



Understanding the Acequia Irrigation Communities of New Mexico
as Social-Ecological Systems, A Proposal

Michael Cox, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, March 21, 2008



De la Tierra a la Cosecha (From Earth to Harvest) 
Sustaining the land, water, food and culture of Northern New Mexico 
(Brochure, pdf format)  2008


A collaborative project of the Taos County Economic Development Corporation,
Taos Land Trust and Taos Valley Acequia Association



River, Acequia and Shallow Groundwater Interactions;
Importance of multiple water flow paths in irrigated agricultural settings
(Report, pdf format),
by Alexander G. Fernald and Steven J. Guldan,
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces



RESTORING NEW MEXICO’S ACEQUIAS,
Financial Aid and Technical Assistance for the Restoration and Preservation
of Community Acequia Irrigation Systems,
published by the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, 2007
(Brochure, pdf format}



Unearthing the Acequias

Kenneth Francis
Harvard Univesity
November, 2004



New Mexico State Statutes; 2009 New Mexico Code



Wikipedia on Acequias