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Colorado Voices: Acequias of the Río Culebra 

Colorado's oldest water rights are a system of hand-dug acequia irrigation ditches predating statehood, created by Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo settlers. 


Today, the 73 acequias of Costilla County's Río Culebra Watershed serve as the crux of agriculture and ranching for over 300 families and are often maintained by descendants of those who constructed them.


"Colorado Voices: Acequias of the Río Culebra" premiered on Thursday, January 27, 2022 on Rocky Mountain PBS. You can watch the full episode below.

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Colorado Voices: Acequias of the Río Culebra

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Stream more episodes of Colorado Voices

Rocky Mountain PBS works to strengthen and uplift Colorado communities by sharing your stories. We want to help create a place where everyone is seen and heard. 


In our six previous episodes of Colorado Voices, we've traveled around the state and heard from the voices of Costilla and Conejos counties, artists, an old Indian boarding school and more. Explore our previous episodes below. 

Colorado Voices

Conejos and Costilla Counties

Culture, tradition, and identity intertwine in Colorado’s Conejos and Costilla counties.

Colorado Voices

An Indian Boarding School

Fort Lewis College is reckoning with its shared roots with an Indian Boarding School.

Colorado Voices


Colorado farmworkers share stories about their lives, their health, and their safety.

Colorado Voices

Mountain Town Housing Crisis

There's a housing crisis in Colorado's mountain towns. Hear from those who are impacted.

Colorado Voices


Coloradans can experience local art at every corner. Meet creators & hear their stories.

Colorado Voices

Your Stories

In 2021, our team travelled the state to share the stories of Colorado.

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