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Death By A Thousand Cuts
Will Santa Fe’s campaign to buy up water rights kill the Rio Grande?

Laura Paskus,
Santa Fe Reporter

Honoring historical Valley waters
Alamosa Valley Courier
Posted: Friday, Jun 22nd, 2012
BY: Lauren Krizansky, Courier staff writer

Family and community histories are intertwined with acequias
A photo essay by Dorie Hagler
The Taos nEWS, 5/24/2012

The Political Economy of Acequias: From Democratic Communalism to Business as Usual?
Commentary by KAY MATTHEWS
La Jicarita ⋅ May 20, 2012

Success Stories:
Northern New Mexico College's El Rito Campus

Andy Dennison
The Taos News, May 18, 2012

Drought in El Paso County, Southern New Mexico strains region's water supply
by Diana Washington Valdez /
El Paso Times, 04/06/2012

When neighbor helped neighbor
by Marc Simmons
March 17, 2012

Letter to the Editor:
Water, Acequias, Population and Development
Kathleene Parker, Rio Rancho, NM
The Green Fire Times, 3/5/22012

Taos County files protest over Abeyta water transfers
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 3/1/2012

Forest policy affects acequias
Acequia association head wary of impact on traditional communities

By Staci Matlock | The New Mexican

My Turn
Open space: Our best idea
The Taos News, 1/19/12

Supreme Court upholds Valley water decision
The Valley Couier
Posted: Monday, Dec 19th, 2011
BY: Ruth Heide, Courier editor

Water rights jobs difficult to fill after budget cuts at State Engineer's Office
Staci Matlock
The Santa Fe New Mexican
December 11, 2011

San Luis farmer devoted to tradition
BY: Lauren Krizansky, Courier staff writer
Valley Courier, Dec 3rd, 2011

Tracking ancestral acequias with contemporary global positioning system technology
By Andy Dennison
The Taos News, 11/23/2011

Sage to Meadow; a blog
Not yours, not mine, but ours: Penasco Upper Llano acequias
Jack Matthews
Octobe 29, 2011

The Olive Press
Spanish irrigation unravelled
Paul Whitelock's View From The Mountains
October 26, 2011

The New York Times Opinion Pages
Food Blooms in the Desert
October 25, 2011

Taos' Cultural Energy programming plans to go FM radio, TV
Jerry A. Padilla
The Taos News, Oct. 19, 2011

An Appointment That Matters
The Santa Fe New Mexican, 10/6/2011

Last Ditch Effort
Building a productive commons of land, water and food

By Tim Johnsons 
Cascadia Weekly, October 5, 2011

Lecturer promotes climate change survival
by Ariana Kramer
The Taos News, 9/19/2011

Farmer continues calabacitas nativas tradition in Chamisal
Jerry A. Padilla
The Taos News, 9/9/2011

Minority Farmers and Stakeholders Offer Ideas to Improve USDA Programs and Delivery
Posted by David Glasgow, Public Affairs Specialist, Tennessee Rural Development
USDA Blog, August 15, 2011

Growing young farmers and seeds at Taos Chrysalis Alternative High School
By Ariana Kramer
Sunday, August 14, 2011

Taos realtors challenge restrictions in land code
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, July 28, 2011
"The flashpoint of the current debate is the "Irrigated Agricultural (IA) Land and Acequias" section of the code, which outlines what percentage of a parcel within an Irrigated Agricultural zone can be used for building."

Acequia group fails to make case before state Appeals court
Jim Kalvelage
The Ruidoso News, 07/28/2011

Abeyta pact draws critics as water transfers take shape
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, July 21, 2011

Acequias first mutual aid projects locally
By Jerry A. Padilla
The Taos News, June 16, 2011

Spring-cleaning the acequia: A photo essay
by Sierra Crane-Murdoch and Sharon Stewart
The High Country News
June 12, 2011

Land trust to create park in Taos
By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Fighting for their (water) rights       
Written by T.S. Last  
El Defensor Chieftain 
Wednesday, 01 June 2011
The San Augustin Water Coalition is in it for the long haul. It has to be in order to protect its water rights, members say.

Participation in acequia planning goal of 2011 events
by Juan Estevan Arellano
Santa Fe New Mexican
Saturday, May 28, 2011

Acequia Culture
 By Lupita Gonzales
The Las Vegas Optic
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Town of Taos seeks moving Spring Ditch suit to federal court
By Matthew van Buren
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Taos News Lifestyles: Rite of spring
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News
Sunday, May 1, 2011

2011 New Mexico Legislative Report
Prepared by the New Mexico cequia Association
April, 2011

Voters support commonsense environmental safeguards
By Sandy Buffett
Posted on, April 22, 2011

After scant snow, high winds, Taos preps for tough irrigation, fire season
By Matthew van Buren
© The Taos News, April 5, 2011

Hispanic farmer settlement part of upcoming ranchers forum in Taos
 By J.R. Logan
© The Taos News, April 2, 2011

New Taos Pueblo leaders focus on water settlement, restoration
By Matthew van Buren
© The Taos News, January 20, 2011

County fills advisory water panel
Board’s creation part of Taos regional plan

By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, January 13, 2011

Aamodt water-rights case: The long road to a resolution
After decades of protests and negotiations, lawsuit reaches a milestone — but new challenges lie ahead for region’s water users
Staci Matlock | The New Mexican
Posted: Sunday, January 09, 2011 -

Aadmodt chronology|
The Santa Fe New Mexican
Posted: Saturday, January 08, 2011

Obama to sign Pueblo water pact into law
J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 12/9/2010

Aamodt case becomes law
The Santa Fe New Mexican
December 9, 2010

Pueblo water settlement passes Congress
Bill goes to president; millions allocated for regional projects

J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 12/2/2010

Bingaman & Udall: Senate Approves Bills to Settle Taos and Aamodt Water Claims
Measure Also Funds Those Claims and the Navajo-Gallup Pipeline - Nov 20,2010 - WASHINGTON – U.S.

The Struggle for Food and Seed Sovereignty in New Mexico
by Miguel Santistevan, TVAA board member
KindleProject,  Nov. 19, 2010

Court rulings mixed on New Mexico water-rights law
By Staci Matlock
The New Mexican, Nov. 18, 2010

Acequias preserve water rights, traditions
The Santa Fe New Mexican
Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010 

Congreso de las Acequias to honor three Taosenos on Nov. 13
Taos News Staff Report
November 11, 2010

Water advisory board created by new Taos County ordinance
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, October 28, 2010 

Acequia coordinator helps keep water flowing in Chamisal
Citizen of the Year & Unsung Heroes: Candido Dominguez
The Taos News, October 22,2010

NSF awards grants for research on coupled natural and human systems

Science News
A science news site
by administrator on October 21, 2010

County planners visit water resources strategy
Ruidoso News
See notes on declaring acequias as Historical National Treasures.

by Staci Matlock
The Santa Fe New Mexican, October 14 2010

NMSU receives NSF grant to study link between acequia hydrology, culture, ecosystem
NMSU News Center, Date: 2010-10-08
Writer: Jane Moorman

Foreign officials study Santa Fe water policy
Staci Matlock |
The New Mexican, September 21, 2010

Obama pledges support to Taos Pueblo water settlement
By Joan Livingston
Saturday, September 18, 2010 

The battle of the Aamodt water settlement could finally be nearing an end … or is it?
CapitolReport New Mexico
September 17,2010

Governor Richardson Announces Stimulus Award of $1 Million to Acequias, Land Grants
A lot of money gets a lot of attention!
Judge Invalidates 24 Acequia Ballots
Elaine D. Briseño Journal Staff Writer
Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)
Thursday, August 19 2010
Irrigation ditch caused big controversy in 1896
Trish Long / El Paso Times
Posted: 08/07/2010

Valverde Commoners have little respect for acequias
The Taos News
August 5, 2010

Estudiantes californianos guardan el agua y cultura
Por Jerry A. Padilla
The Taos News
August 5, 2010

Advisory acequia committee named
By Andy Dennison
The Taos News , July 22, 2010

Kuenhold decision water decision appealed
The Valley Courier
Wednesday, Jul 14th, 2010
BY: Ruth Heide

It Flows
By Zak Rosen
State of the Re:Uion
July 12, 2010

Historians tackle right to drink the water
Mike Cox, Texana
The Statesman
July 10, 2010

A Push to Set Aside Offshore Drilling Money for Conservation
Public News Service - NM
June 29, 2010

Where has the irrigation gone?
The Taos News, June 24, 2010

Tropicalia travel: Ecotourism adds to enchantment
New Mexico launches pilot programs this summer at some sites

The Associated Press • June 20, 2010

Acequias event explores concerns, traditions
By Jerry A. Padilla
The Taos News, June 17, 2010

Women share perspective on farming, acequias at Celebrando
By Jerry A. Padilla
The Taos News, June 17, 2010

Acequia's dream expands
by Juan Estevan Arellano

Santa Fe New Mexican
Posted: Saturday, June 05, 2010

Ecotourism aims to broaden NM's appeal
Associated Press
May 29, 2010

USDA grants will help NM farmers, ranchers
Associated Press
May 28, 2010

Water, water everywhere
Nancy Zastudi
May 28, 2010

Ancient Ditches Modern Challenges
The Furrow Magazine
A magazine sponsored by John Deere Tractor Dealers
by Steve Werblow
May 27, 2010
[This article was originally published December 2005]

Save our acequias
a letter to the Taos News from
May 20, 2010

Farming the Desert with Acequias, New Mexico’s Irrigation Canals
From the Blog Organic Milk . . . Good information to Grow on
May 22nd, 2010

Prepárense para el tercer
Celebrando las Acequias
Será el tercer evento anual de Celebrar las Acequias

Por Jerry A. Padilla, La Comunidad Hispana
The Taos News, Friday, May 14, 2010

Santa Fe 400th: Land, water and people remain 'intricately bound'
Staci Matlock
The Santa Fe New Mexican
Sunday, May 02, 2010
for photos visit Santa Fe New Mexican

People's ditch rates as tourist magnet
The Puelo Chieftain
May 2, 2010

Is Groundwater Marketing Legal? Does the Public Trust Doctrine Apply?
Posted on May 01, 2010 at 12:15 AM in
Law & Economics, Policy, Planning, and Management, Water Quantity
by Aquadoc

Acequia water systems create fluid communities
By Hunter Riley
DAILY LOBO, April 29, 2010

Annual Acequia Madre cleaning celebrates four centuries
Sun, Apr 25, 11:08 AM

Open the gates: The runoff begins
By Andy Dennison
The Taos News , April 22, 2010

After Abeyta settlement: Transfers to dominate water debate
By Andy Dennison
The Taos News, April 22, 2010

Acequia panel idea gains momentum
By Andy Dennison
The Taos News, April 22, 2010

Acequias: Ancient Democratic Water Systems Still Flowing
by Quita Ortiz
Pojoaque News, April 20, 2010

Town denies liability for ditch’s flow
By Andy Dennison
The Taos News, April 15, 2010

DA asked to probe excavation
By Andy Dennison
The Taos News, April 15, 2010

Cleaning crews have right to work in acequias
by Andy Dennison
The Taos News, April 15,2010

More Than a Tradition
Annual ditch cleaning attracts jobless looking for work

By Joe Crawford, SUN Staff Writer
Thursday, April 8, 2010

Acequia dispute returns to court;
Some members say their votes aren't holding enough sway, according to bylaws
Staci Matlock | The New Mexican
April 03, 2010

From the site Espanola Valley Real Estate
Homes and Land for Sale in Northern New Mexico: Water Rights
by Sandra Wright-Page
March 15, 2010

The connections between land, people
by Ernie Atencio
The Taos News, 2/25/2010

News analysis: Acequias, districts struggle to keep water local

By Andy Dennison
Saturday, February 20, 2010

Legislation seeks protection for farmers
By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican
Friday, Feb 12 2010, 11:55 pm

Yes, there is a law - several
From the blog Travels with Charley
Monday, February 1, 2010

U.S.: Community in Crisis Looks to its Agricultural Roots
By Kyra Ryan
TAOS, New Mexico, Jan 14, 2010
Source: Inter Press Service (IPS)

Acequia Capital Projects at Risk Due to Budget Cuts
Noticias de las Acequias
New Mexico Acequia Association
 January 2010

Truchas: Acequia Holds Key to Life in Mountain Town
By Dan Mauzy,
Rio Grande SUN Staff Writer
Thursday, January 14, 2010
[This story was originally published July 12, 2007. It was one in a series of community profiles the SUN wrote in 2005, 2007 and 2008.]

Embudo Valley: Small Communities Are Held Together by the Rio Embudo
By George Morse, Rio Grande SUN Staff Writer
Thursday, August 20, 2009
[This story was originally published July 7, 2005. It was one in a series of community profiles the SUN wrote in 2005, 2007 and 2008.]

Sacar la acequia for the water of life
By Jerry A. Padilla | The Taos News
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 6 | Reposted January 4, 2010
    See the related YouTube video: Cleaning La Acequia Francisco de Martínez
Delays, ‘frozen funds’ complicate dam
Andy Dennison | The Taos News On-line
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 11:16 AM MST
The Mother of All Water Rights Court Cases
By Kay Matthews, La Jicarita News
December 2009

Senators introduce bill to settle water dispute

Associated Press - 12/09/2009

The Zees go West -- A Blog
A New Englander moves to New Mexico
and writes about acequias
December 2, 2009

Loeffler to headline conference on protecting ecosystem
'Think like a watershed,' Living Treasure urges

Staci Matlock | The New Mexican
Posted: Monday, November 30, 2009

Public meetings set on Cabresto Dam work 
By Andy Dennison | The Taos News
Sunday, December 6, 2009 6:11 AM MST

Water users challenge Aamodt priority dates
Staci Matlock | The New Mexican
Posted: Monday, October 26, 2009

Symposium highlights benefits of traditional irrigation
Staci Matlock | The New Mexican
Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 10/22/09

Hydrology study shows benefits of traditional acequia irrigation systems
Writer: Jane Moorman
NMSU News Center / 10/15/2009

Aamodt and Taos water-rights bills making headway
Staci Matlock | The New Mexican
Posted: Saturday, October 10, 2009

Commission gets in-depth look at Taos County water sources

By Matthew van Buren
The Taos News, 9/10/2009

Oficiales y la comunidad discuten acequias
Por Jerry A. Padilla
El Crepòsculo
The Taos News, 9/3/2009

Acequias, Forest service talk it out at compuerta
By Jerry A. Padilla
The Taos News, September 3, 2009

Bulldozed acequia riles neighbors
Builder says area had no visible signs of historical irrigation ditch

Staci Matlock
The New Mexican, September 2, 2009

First aquifer map project focuses on Rio Hondo area
  By Andy Dennison
 The Taos News, July 9, 2009

Celebrating acequias brings Dixon together
 By Jerry A. Padilla
 The Taos News, June 18, 2009

Aquifer mapping: Getting a grip on our water
By Andy Dennison
The Taos News, June 18, 2009

Staci Matlock | The New Mexican
5/31/2009 - 6/1/09

Battle over irrigation ditches comes to a head.
The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District board election gives hope to supporters of Ditches with Trails.
By Gwyneth Doland, New Mexico Independent, 5/25/09

Preserving New Mexico's unique acequia culture
Kathy Pinto | For The New Mexican
5/5/2009 - 5/6/09

Sens. Bingaman, Udall introduce Abeyta settlement legislation
By Andy Dennison

Thursday May 7, 2009 - The Taos News

Senators introduce bill to settle water dispute
Associated Press - May 5, 2009 9:05 AM ET

Ritter signs acequia bill
April 23, 2009

Looming impasse over water pits rural against urban
By V.B. Price
The New Mexico Independent
March 18, 2009

Water, Water Everywhere?
Sustaining Scarce Resources in the Desert

by Randall Amster
Peace Educator, Author & Activist
The Huffington Post
March 11, 2009

Rep. Vigil introduces acequia bill HB1233
ALAMOSA—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.
The Canejos County Citizen
February 26, 2009

Udall requests $28M for N.M. energy and water projects
By Matthew Reichbach
New Mexico Independent
February 24, 2009

Dixon mayordomo manages acequia for half century
By Staci Matlock | The New Mexican | 12/28/2008
AG Rules Against Acequias Group
Albuquerque Journal, Tuesday, November 04, 2008
By Juan-Carlos Rodriguez, Journal Staff Writer
Click here for a copy of Attorney General King's letter.

Santa Fe New Mexican, The (NM)
October 26, 2008

Nambé: Acequia group files suit against ditch neighbor
By Staci Matlock | The New Mexican

"Financial Crisis" delays congressional action on Indian water rights settlements
 By Patricia Chambers
 The Taos News
, October 2, 2008

Several conditions set in Spring Ditch settlement
 By Andy Dennison
 The Taos News, August 21, 2008

La Cienega Keeps Up Water Fight
Acequia group, residents blame development for depleting spring
The Santa Fe New Mexican , August 14, 2008

Blue Covenant; The Alternative Water Future
by Maude Barlow
Published in The Monthly Review, July-August 2008

Albuquerque mix of rural tradition, urban agriculture trend
By HEATHER CLARK Associated Press Writer
Article Launched: 08/19/2008 03:09:32 PM MDT

Litigation threatened over Abeyta Water Settlement; details remain unclear
By Patricia Chambers
The Taos News, August 7, 2008

Aquifer mapping pitched as needed project
by Andy Dennison
The Taos News, July 10, 2008

Where does our water come from?
by Lawrence "Larry" Vincent

The Taos News,July 3, 2008

Plutonium pit plan for N.M. lab faces opposition
New Mexico Acequia Association expresses concern.

Associated Press, July 1, 2008

Estreno de ‘Celebrando las Acequias,’ comienza el viernes
Aviso de prensa
Para El Crepòsculo
The Taos News, June 12, 2008

Acequia workshops flow during ‘celebration’
Staff report
The Taos News, June 5, 2008

Spring runoff: So far, so good

By Andy Dennison
 The Taos News
, May 8, 2008

Abriendo acequias, A photo essay
Photographs by Megan Avina,
The Taos News, 4/17/2008

Grow, Process food locally
Harmony and sustainability: An essay on green futures
Paula Garcia | For The New Mexican.4/25/2008 -

Paula Garcia is executive director of the New Mexico Acequia Association.

District attorney files to protect Spring Ditch
Downtown acequia, new project clash over historic, current irrigation flows
By Andy Dennison
The Taos News, April 3, 2008

Cleaning Acequias
Posted by NMBeek on March 17, 2008
Duke City Fix; The inside line on Albuquerque, NM

No-go for breach of Cabresto Lake Dam
Multimillion dollar upgrade set for structure

By Andy Dennison
The Taos News
, February 28,2008

City of Espanola to pay $40K for water rights
By Kevin Huelsmann
Rio Grande SUN Staff Writer, Februart 21, 2008

Acequias in state try to stay afloat
The Pueblo Chieftain, February 22, 2008

Drought and growth have been pretexts for increased monitoring of New Mexico’s waters.
Will Impending State Regulations Undermine Local Acequia Management?
By Katey Byrd, Costilla, October 15, 2007

New Mexico waterways bring life to communities
SPECIAL TO CAMINOS, June/July 2007        

In the Year of Water, Acequias Will Be Crucial
By Paula Garcia/
Executive Director, N.M. Acequia Association
Albuquerque Journal, October 19, 2006

Eric Perramond maintains a blog,  Acequias and Adjudication.  We will post links to especially interesting entries here.

Putting the monitoring back into "AWRM"?
August 16, 2011

Adjudication Round-table
March 18, 2011 report

Post-settlement adjudications?

January 19, 2011

Aamodt, Abeyta, Pojoaque Regional Water System
December 4. 2010

The Glowing Calm of the Nuclear Aquatic
September 12, 2010

Old World, New World, Belated

Friday, August 6, 2010

Quickpost: New acequia work!
This is a quick post to acknowledge Michael Cox's (2010) recent dissertation on the Taos Valley acequias as an integrated social and ecological institution and system.
Friday, April 30, 2010

Spring cleaning - recent stories
Monday, April 26, 2010

Quickpost: Unadjudicated MRG poses problems for water management
Thursday, April 8, 2010

Review of Carey (2010), and why it's important to New Mexico
Sunday, April 04, 2010

Real estate titles and acequias

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Does adjudication have its own environmental history?
Sunday, March 07, 2010

Big water, small water version 2.0 (quickpost)
Sunday, March 07, 2010

Taos? Death by a Thousand Straws...
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Pre-trip field note: Taos
Monday, February 15, 2010

Alternatives to Active and/or Integrated Water Resource Management?
Wednesday, February 03, 2010

The Urbanization of Western Waters...
Sunday, January 31, 2010

Adjudication as "translating property"
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Chile, New Mexico, and water markets
Sunday, January 24, 2010

Congreso, day 2
Day 2, Congreso de las Acequias, Santa Fe, NM
Report on the 10th annual Congreso, 12/04/2009

Congreso, day 1
Day 1, Congreso de las Acequias, Santa Fe, NM
Report on the 10th annual Congreso, 12/13/2009

Junta de Acequias and Land Grants, Rio Arriba-style 11/22/2009
Yesterday, Saturday, November 21st, I attended the umpteenth Junta de las Acequias y Mercedes. It was held in the Oñate Monument and Cultural Center in Alcalde, New Mexico. This event, organized by Rio Arriba County (Commissioners) and its Planning Department representatives, brings together parciantes and land grant commission members from around the state to discuss what might be politely termed the "Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo" cultural hangover.

Acequias, meet your commission 11/20/2009
One of the most fascinating aspects about acequias in New Mexico is the apparent "division of labor" for these ditches and institutions. This morning, I attended the latest meeting of the New Mexico Acequia Commission, a body of representative appointed by the Governor of the state.

Thinking like a (State) Engineer 11/16/2009
"I just returned from a long and fruitful discussion with New Mexico's State Engineer, John D'Antonio, and his OSE associate and Acequia Liaison, Hilario Rubio."

Adjudication and public outreach 11/15/2009
One of the central concerns of the State Engineer, and of the Utton Transboundary Resource Center (at UNM), is the public image and message of the on-going adjudication process.

How the West was Won (by some), Las Vegas-style 11/13/2009
I sat in on two court meetings, overseen by a Special Master for the Pecos River (adjudications) this morning, the first on the shortage-sharing agreements in the larger Las Vegas area, the second on the Pecos River adjudication itself.

South Valley, Belly of the Beast Oct 27, 2009
For fans of the original "Milagro Beanfield War," by John Nichols, this update should sound a bit familiar aside from the fact that this is not (yet) about condos in New Mexico. But the meeting (Los Padillas Acequias Association) illustrated
the difficulties of managing an urban acequia.

Acequia hydrology, redux 10/23/2009
A brief report on the two-day "acequia hydrology" symposium here in Santa Fe at the fair grounds; Wednesday, October 21st.

We will follow major events that affect the acequias as reported in the local press and on the radio:

  • The Cook case.  This is a challenge by a real estate developer to overturn legislation permitting idividual acequias to control transfer of water rights


, District Judge
Court Order, September 26, 2007

Ruling of the Court of Appeals 1/12/2009

  • Taos Regional Water Plan

Regional water plan finally approved, By Andy Dennison, The Taos News, July 17,2008

Taos Regional Water Plan Hijacked by the Powers That Be Editorial: By Kay Matthews, La Jicarita News, March 2008

Meandering progress for water plan,  By Andy Dennison, The Taos News, 3/13/2008