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Acequia Culture: Water, Land, and Community in the Southwest

by José A. Rivera, Josaa(c) A. Rivera, Jos a. Rivera
     
 

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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? José

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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? José 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

Editorial Reviews

Paul Trachtman
Rivera's writing can be somewhat academic, but the story he tells is alive with people who love the land, and are ready to fight for it. -- Smithsonian Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826318596
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author


José A. Rivera is research scholar, Center for Regional Studies and professor of community and regional planning, University of New Mexico.

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