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The media colected here have been posted in the order received, most recent first.  That does not make finding the media you want very easy as there are now more than 25 entries.  Please let us know if you think of a better method.

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.

Acequia Outreach

a video from Elizabeth Bird

Vimeo, 8/26/2016


Popular Acequia & Alhambra videos

Posted 3/22/2015


Nuestras Acequias
Arroyo Seco Acequia

Published on Mar 11, 2015



There are 16 videos about “Acequia” on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Posted 2/27/2015


24º Exploración, tunel acequia del Diable II

The Architect's Guide to Taos
A Guide to the Architecture of Taos and Northern New Mexico

Two pages of interest to parcientes:

Taos Acequia Characteristics

Madre Acequia

Acequias and Ditches, a Photo Tour

By Aileen O'Catherine Guide



PerúPro Lima
April 3, 2013

Thirty-five Water Conservation Methods for Agriculture, Farming, and Gardening.

Part 1.

Part 2.

By K. McDonald
FROM Big Picture Agriculture
February 12th, 2013


Acequia del Finado Francisco Martinez de Llano Quemado

Jessica Roybal
Published on Jan 14, 2013

This video documents the history and maintenance of the Acequia del Finado Francisco de Llano Quemado.
The 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

Moderator’s 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

Junita Martínez | San Francisco, CO | October 31, 2012

Why it is important to work as a community
Faleen Lobato | Chama, Colorado | October 20, 2012

Do I Still Live in America?
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



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 Enforcement

5. Financial Management and Open Meeting Act

6. Taller Tocante a Derechos de Entrada y Salida (Acequia Easements Workshop)


The Media for Social Change

by Jean-Pierre Larroque

"Media 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 and showcase the voices and  opinions of those who the mainstream media has overlooked in the past. The themes of  my posts 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

Capital 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


Soportújar, 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

You Tube

Acequia: An Excerpt on Development

From the movie Acequia, a documentary about the village of
San Antonio de Padua, New Mexico.

You Tube

The Mission Acequias in San Antonio

Published by the San Antonio River Authority, with a special thanks to National Parks Service.

You Tube

Acequias with James Maestas
South Valley Acequias

with links to several acequia-related videos

You Tube

COLORES | Acequia | New Mexico PBS

American Indians in Children's Literature

National Public Radio (NPR) is running a program called "State of the Re:Union."

State 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 featuring 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

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.

Acequias: Uniting the Past the Future

A video prepared byby Javier Arellano

Posted 4/27/2011

YouTube - Acequia Cleaning in Taos, New Mexico

A video prepared by the Taos News

Posted 4/27/2011

Acequias & Water Crisis in Cities, Report from Venus and Mars

A video on YouTube

Posted 4/27/2011

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 tradition

Published in the High Country News
April, 2011

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

Environmental & Food Justice: A Blog

Acequias: Water Democracy and Ecological Resilience
Testimony on Acequias Before Colorado State Legislature

Moderator's Note: We are posting the testimony (February 18)
of Devon G. Peña before the Colorado General Assembly,
House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Livestock.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Water is life

The Corps of Engineers is working to modernize ancient water
supply methods that date back to the late 1500s. 
These "Acequias" are still a lifeline in the dry sands of New Mexico.

Posted May 25, 2009

Limpiza y saca de acequia - 2009

Published by Environmental & Food Justice
Promoting critical discussions and analysis of the environmental
and food justice movements among activists, organizers,
and research scholars.

posted May 9, 2009

Ideas for a Better Food System: Water

"New Mexico, where water is scarce, has a tradition of community-controlled irrigation that is making a comeback. The name for this system, acequia, refers not only to the network of canals that brings water to farmers across the Southwest, but also to the 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.  Rep. 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 not only fundamental to life in my state they are fundamental to rich cultures and traditions that make New Mexico great."

Read and watch the rest of Rep. Lujan's talk here.

Donna Clair
Southwestern Contemporary Artist
living in Taos

View her painting  "Acequia de Hondo"

Food Practices Blog

Acequia Importance

from YouTube

Sustainability: 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,
contact :
Water Use and Conservation Bureau, in Santa Fe, at (505) 827-4272,


Taos’ return to the acequias

High Country News

Acequias -- Community Irrigation

from the blog
Aguanomics, the economics of water
June 29, 2008

The Wonders of Water in Mendoza

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 an elaborate system of irrigation that dates back to Incan times.

Posted by Kurt and Linda Fernandez, June 26, 2008


With 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 historians that the present Spanish irrigation systems of Valencia and Andalusia are of Muslim origin.

A weblog; posted June 16, 2008

Wandering & Wondering in New Mexico

Episode 28 of ¡Que Vivan las Acequias! -
produced by Miguel Santistevan of the NMAA
in collaboration with Cultural Energy (
Made possible with a grant from the Panta Rhea Foundation.
Broadcast February 12, 2008

Other radio broadcasts from the New Mexico Acequia Association

From Cultural Energy, Taos Currents, Interview with Bob Draper,
Dino Sanchez, Fred Waltz (representng TVAA) & Thom Hatcher
on the Valverde Commons Development.
Host Mike Tilley, 
broadcast on radio station KRZA, February 4, 2008.

The Shift of Land, a 13-part radio series developed by Sarah Parker

with the support of Cultural Energy,

as broadcast on KRZA-FM Alimosa/Taos