The Truchas system is just across the road from where Robert Redford filmed Milagro Beanfield War in Truchas, NM which is mentioned in the AramcoWorld article. Photo taken by Will Keener.
Acequia Project Featured in AramcoWorld
by Jesslyn Ratliff, Program Specialist
Dr. Sam Fernald, Director of NM WRRI, was principal investigator of a National Science Foundation recently completed six-year project entitled: “CNH: Acequia Water Systems Linking Culture and Nature: Integrated Analysis of Community Resilience to Climate and Land-Use Changes.”
The goal of the “CNH” project was to contribute to the understanding of acequia-moderated linkages between culture and nature and to quantify community survival tipping points.
An article related to the focus of the “CNH” project was featured in the September/October 2016 issue of AramcoWorld. The article, written by Gerald Zarr, discusses how acequias came to exist in the American Southwest, specifically the acequia history in northern New Mexico including present day governing challenges. In the article, Zarr described the El Agua es Vida museum exhibit that was held at UNM’s Maxwell Museum of Anthropology May 2014 thru June 2015 and referred to the “El Agua es Vida: Acequias in New Mexico” painting now housed at the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute thanks to the artist, George Chacón. The museum exhibit has proven to be a highlight of the CNH project.
Dr. Sam Fernald was cited in the article discussing the hydrologic data that are a direct result of the “CNH” initiative. The article also includes quotes from one of the co-principal investigators of the project, Jose Rivera (UNM). Project consultant Sylvia Rodriguez (UNM) was also interviewed for the article.
The article entitled: How the Middle Eastern Irrigation Ditch called Acequia Changed the American Southwest can be found here: http://www.aramcoworld.com/en-US/Articles/September-2016/How-The-Middle-Eastern-Irrigation-Ditch-Called-Ace