El aqua es vida: Acequia communities of Southern Colorado
a video from Christi Bode
The original settlers of Southern Colorado brought with them a form of
land settlement and irrigation that was based on principles of equity,
shared scarcity and cooperation in which water was viewed as a resource
in place, rather than a commodity. It is here, in the villages
surrounding San Luis, where Colorado's oldest continuous water rights
have existed since the mid-1800's. This type of water system is called
an acequia. Acequias continue to be the lifeblood of residents in
Southern Costilla County – they not only serve to provide the water for
the farms on which hundreds of families depend on, but they also serve
as a conduit for community services and support.
The Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association is a non-profit organization
working to preserve acequias in Southern Colorado through the
protection of water rights and unique governance structures that ensure
its viability for generations to come.
a video from Elizabeth Bird
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Taos Acequia Characteristics
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Acequia del Finado Francisco Martinez de Llano Quemado
Published on Jan 14, 2013
This video documents the history and maintenance of the Acequia del Finado Francisco de Llano Quemado.
acequia (ditch) feeds the riparian landscape and farms of the small
community of Llano Quemado on the south side of Taos, New Mexico.
This video contains interviews, video footage and photographs used to tell Acequia stories of the Northern Rio Grande,
in anticipation to maintain and encourage the preservation of a sustainable community tradition.
Congreso de las Acequias de Colorado, October 2012
Note: I am very pleased to present a series of reflection and
reporting pieces on last week’s Primer Congreso de Acequias de
Colorado. In the coming days and weeks, we will include pieces by
acequia farmers, scholars and academics, water lawyers, elected
officials, and governmental employees who participated in the Congreso.
These are the first three of eight planned presentations:
From rejection through recognition, we just kept on farming
NOTES FROM A NATIVE WOMAN FARMER
ON THE CONGRESS OF COLORADO ACEQUIAS
Junita Martínez | San Francisco, CO | October 31, 2012
Why it is important to work as a community
A YOUNG WOMAN PRESENTS THE CULTURE AND HISTORY OF ACEQUIAS
Faleen Lobato | Chama, Colorado | October 20, 2012
Do I Still Live in America?
ACEQUIAS, CIRCLE SPRINKLERS, COMPACT STRUGGLES, AND ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM IN CONEJOS COUNTY
Thomas D. Martínez | Los Sauces, Colorado
New Mexico's acequias; The Future of Water in the Land of Enchantment
Rachel Preston Prinz
Agricultores preocuopados por cambio de cauce en acequia La Canoa
Published on Nov 1, 2012 by Valledupar Noticias
COLONIA PAMPAS LIMPIA ACEQUIA 05.SET.2012 - 1 -16
Published on Nov 7, 2012 by jajajajo jejjeejejoko
New Mexico Acequia Association Lecture Series with David Benavidez of New Mexico Legal Aid.
1. New Mexico Water Law and Acequias:
2. Water Transfers and Water Banking
3. Acequia Customs and Water Management
4. Risk Management, Conflict Resolution and
5. Financial Management and Open Meeting Act
6. Taller Tocante a Derechos de Entrada y Salida (Acequia
Media for Social Change
by Jean-Pierre Larroque
for Social Change started in 2007 as a blog for my essays, videos, and
images. I seek to tell the stories that are not being told
showcase the voices and opinions of those who the mainstream
media has overlooked in the past. The themes of my
vary widely, but always focus on the human condition and ways we can
improve it, whether it be out in the rural villages of the developing
world or the digital economies of cyberspace."
Acequia 01: Introduction
Acequia 02: Historia
Acequiq 03: La Misa
Acequia 04: La Procesion
Acequia- 05. El Ensaya Real
Acequia- 06. Pueblos y Praderas
Acequia Part 7: Progreso
Acequia Part 8: La Entraga
Acequia Part 9: Tiempo
Paula Garcia, New Mexico Acequia Association
-- 2012 Food & Community Conference
Improvement & Infrastructure Planning for Acequias
Acequia Easement Workshop, Part 1
The Art of Mayordomía
Acequia Customs & Water Management
New Mexico Water Law & Acequias
New Mexico Acequia Association
acequia de la vega
Published on Jun 2, 2012 by soportujaracequiaveg
Death of the Acequia Culture
Written by Daniel Silva
Published on Jun 4, 2012 by quetza21
Acequia: An Excerpt on Development
From the movie Acequia, a documentary about the village of
San Antonio de Padua, New Mexico.
The Mission Acequias in San Antonio
by the San Antonio River Authority, with a special thanks to National
Acequias with James Maestas
South Valley Acequias
with links to several acequia-related videos
| Acequia | New Mexico PBS
American Indians in Children's Literature
National Public Radio (NPR) is running a program called "State of the
of the Re:Union has set out to explore how a particular American city
or town creates community, the ways people transcend challenging
circumstances and the vital cultural narratives that give an area its
uniqueness. Currently (September, 2010), the program is
an episode on Espanola, New Mexico.
This program feaures an
interview with Miguel Santistevan, a PhD candidate in Biology and
Sustainability Studies at the University of New Mexico. and a Mayordomo
in Taos, New Mexico
Acequia Junta y Cienega.mov
A video on YouTube
A segment of the Embudo Valley part of film series, the annual "limpia"
in Embudo, New Mexico.
Accompanied by the music of Cipriano Vigil.
Uniting the Past the Future
A video prepared byby Javier Arellano
YouTube - Acequia Cleaning in Taos, New
A video prepared by the Taos News
Acequias & Water Crisis in Cities,
Report from Venus and Mars
A video on YouTube
Nine Lives–Kate in Taos (A blog)
Adventures of a Taos newbie.
Spring Acequia Water Arrives
A photo essay
Posted on April 10, 2011 by Kate
The Acequia Waters of Talpa
A photo essay
Posted on September 18, 2010
Photographer Sharon Stewart on the acequia
Published in the High Country News
Agua es Vida
A video report on the acequias of Taos Valley
Produced by Taos Valley Acequia Association
Narrated by Gabriel Olguin
Presented on YouTube
& Food Justice: A Blog
Water Democracy and Ecological Resilience
Testimony on Acequias Before Colorado State Legislature
Moderator's Note: We are posting
testimony (February 18)
of Devon G. Peña before the Colorado General Assembly,
Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Livestock.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Corps of Engineers is working to modernize ancient water
that date back to the late 1500s.
These "Acequias" are still a lifeline
in the dry sands of New Mexico.
y saca de acequia - 2009
Published by Environmental &
Promoting critical discussions and analysis of the environmental
and food justice movements among activists, organizers,
and research scholars.
posted May 9, 2009
for a Better Food System: Water
"New Mexico, where water is
scarce, has a
tradition of community-controlled irrigation that is making a
name for this system, acequia, refers
not only to the network of canals that brings water to farmers across the Southwest, but also to
traditional community management of the water."
Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D, NM-03) speaks on the floor of the U.S.
House yesterday (January 26, 2009) about water availability and
allocation issues important to his district and New Mexico.
Luján mentions his experience in tending to the acequia on his
family's small farm saying, "I know the importance of water to rural
economies across America. Land, water and sustainability are
only fundamental to life in my state they are fundamental to rich
cultures and traditions that make New Mexico great."
and watch the rest of Rep. Lujan's talk here.
Southwestern Contemporary Artist
living in Taos
her painting "Acequia
An Old Story for Modern Times
by Kathy Holian, Santa Fe County Commissioner-elect, District 4
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
To obtain a free copy of 2005 New Mexico Water
Use by Categories,
Water Use and Conservation
Bureau, in Santa
at (505) 827-4272,
- July 10, 2008
couple feels the need for
seed and trades San Francisco for
Bosque Farms, New Mexico to create a sustainable life of farming.
In the second installment in an ongoing series
our heroes discover the wonders of water.
FROM Jonathan Ashe
Network, July 9, 2008
-- Community Irrigation
from the blog
Aguanomics, the economics of water
Wonders of Water in Mendoza
averages 220 mm of rainfall per year (under 9 inches), about the same
as El Paso, Texas. The region's vineyards, olive groves, park
vegetation, drinking water supplies all owe their existence to
elaborate system of irrigation that dates back to Incan times.
by Kurt and
Linda Fernandez, June 26, 2008
OF ISLAMIC TECHNOLOGY TO THE WEST
the spread of
the Islamic Empire westward, agricultural and
irrigation methods and techniques were introduced into the western
regions of Islam. There is a unanimous opinion among
that the present Spanish irrigation systems of Valencia and Andalusia
are of Muslim origin.
WordPress.com weblog; posted June 16, 2008