Patrick Lohmann, SourceNM – When rural New Mexicans gather each year for “la limpia de la acequia,” it’s about more than just clearing the vital irrigation channels of dirt and debris, according to the New Mexico Acequia Association. The annual ritual, in fact, shows how communities are shaped around acequias and why political districts should be drawn with the ditches in mind. Having an acequia builds a sense of neighborliness through water-sharing agreements and the annual cleaning, the association argues; and democracy emerges through regular maintenance meetings. [READ MORE]
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