Photo gallery: A Taos acequia sees water after 50 years

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 4/5/19

Thanks to an extensive community effort, water flowed through the Vigil y Romo Acequia for the first time in nearly 50 years Friday (April 5).

 

Parciantes, participants in the ditch, …

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Photo gallery: A Taos acequia sees water after 50 years

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Thanks to an extensive community effort, water flowed through the Vigil y Romo Acequia for the first time in nearly 50 years Friday (April 5).

 

Parciantes – participants in the irrigation ditch – have been working for weeks to bring water back to the historic Taos acequia and through the help of partners like the Taos Land Trust, that dream was made a reality.

 

For several decades, zoning changes, land ownership changes and other factors had brought the water to a halt. Town Councilor George ‘Fritz’ Hahn brought several members of the community out to work on the ditch and helped band together parciantes to bring water down.

 

The process involves everyone getting the ditch ready to carry water downstream by cleaning out brush, branches and trash. Once the water is released from the compuerta, or headgate, parciantes walk down the ditch with the water, clearing any sort of debris.

 

The event was celebrated by town officials including Mayor Dan Barrone who helped open the headgate for the first time.

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