So you’re curious about the Abeyta Settlement. You’ve read our news articles about it, talked with your neighbors and just heard things. But what if you want to actually read the settlement for itself?
These are a few places you can start.
The Utton Transboundary Resource Center is a project of the University of New Mexico School of Law. The center researches and provides the public with unbiased information about “water, natural resources and environmental issues, with a particular focus on New Mexico and the Southwest.”
Click here to read its overview of the Abeyta Settlement. Hungry for more? The Native American Water Rights Settlement Project is a digital repository of documents related to such issues across Indian Country.
But you can also gather information from some of the parties to the settlement — the ones with websites, anyway.
Taos Pueblo has a handful of documents on its website.
The town of Taos also has a section of its website devoted to the settlement, with many of those same documents, plus a few extra.
The Taos Valley Acequia Association also has some settlement-related documents on its website, with a lot of information about acequia history and hydrology.
The Acequia Madre del Rio Lucero y del Arroyo Seco has some Abetya information in its website.
Speaking of hydrology, you can get very technical with a cache of reports in the Aquifer Mapping Project from the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources.
Need something a little quicker? Try the 2016 version of the Taos Regional Water Plan .
Water settlements are huge and complex, so naturally, we’re not the only media outlet to write about the Abeyta Settlement or water rights in the West.
Check out the Santa Fe New Mexican, New Mexico Political Report, La Jicarita and High Country News for other good reporting about water issues. New Mexico In Focus, a PBS show, also has a lot of stories about water across the state. So does KUNM, an NPR affiliate with solid local reporting. Search for “water rights” or other specific subjects on any of those websites for more.
Do you have other recommendations for even more Abetya Settlement news, stories or information? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.