Acequia Water-Sharing, Sanctity, and Place

by Sylvia Rodriguez

Acequia Water-Sharing, Sanctity, and Place Synopsis

Every society must have a system for capturing, storing, and distributing water, a system encompassing both technology and a rationale for the division of this finite resource. Today, people around the world face severe and growing water scarcity, and everywhere this vital resource is ceasing to be a right and becoming a commodity. The acequia or irrigation ditch associations of Taos, Rio Arriba, Mora, and other northern New Mexico counties offer an alternative. Few northern New Mexicans farm for a living anymore, but many still gather to clean the ditches each spring and irrigate fields and gardens with the water that runs through them. Increasingly, ditch associations also go to court to defend their water rights against the competing claims brought by population growth, urbanization, and industrial or resort development. Their insistence on the traditional sharing of waters offers a solution to the current worldwide water crisis.

Acequia Water-Sharing, Sanctity, and Place Press Reviews

Rodriguez's book provides a rare glimpse into the land-and-water culture upon which [New Mexico] was built, and whose future we may find worth preserving. For that reason alone, Acequia is worth reading.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781930618558
Publication date: 15th December 2006
Author: Sylvia Rodriguez
Publisher: School of American Research Press,U.S. an imprint of SAR Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 200 pages
Categories: Anthropology, Drought & water supply,

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