Traveling #Colorado’s oldest #water system: The history of #acequias and water rights — Rocky Mountain PBS

San Luis People’s Ditch March 17, 2018. Photo credit: Greg Hobbs

In the Río Culebra Villages of arid, desert southern Colorado, el agua es vida: Water is life.

The crux of ranching and farming is snowmelt and any supplemental rain. Natural waterways wind from the canyons through the desert terrain. The acequia system taps into these creeks and streams with a series of earthen and concrete-lined ditches that bring water to fields. Dug by settlers in the mid-1800s, acequias are physically cleaned, repaired and maintained by water rights holders. Today, many of those people are descendants of area settlers.

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