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 at 7 p.m. on Rocky Mountain PBS. You can watch the full episode below.
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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.
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