Acequia Culture: Water, Land, and Community in the Southwest (Paperback)

Acequia Culture: Water, Land, and Community in the Southwest By José a. Rivera Cover Image

Acequia Culture: Water, Land, and Community in the Southwest (Paperback)

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Conflicts between Hispanic farmers and developers made for compelling reading in The Milagro Beanfield War, the famous novel of life in a northern New Mexico village in which tradition triumphs over modernity. But as cities grow and industries expand, are acequias, or community irrigation ditches, a wise and efficient use of water in the arid Southwest? Jos Rivera presents the contemporary case for the value of acequias and the communities they nurture in the river valleys of southern Colorado and New Mexico.

Recognizing that water is the lifeblood of the community, Rivera delineates an acequia culture based on a reciprocal relationship between irrigation and community. The acequia experience grows out of a conservation ethic and a tradition of sharing that should be recognized and preserved in an age of increasing competition for scarce water resources.

A worthwhile contribution to the future management of water resources.--Professor Michael C. Meyer

Product Details ISBN: 9780826318596
ISBN-10: 0826318592
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 1998
Pages: 269
Language: English