Project Highlights

Research and Education Activities

 

2016

  • MarchProject participants traveled to Chile, South America to visit the Water for Agriculture and Mining Resource Center (CRHIAM); attend the 18th Biennial Seminar on Water Resources and Environmental Management; toured the Chillán and Bío Bío rivers; visited the Dam of Bocatoma Asociacion de Canalistas del Laja; and toured a watershed starting at the headwater in the Andes Mountains.

2013

  • JanuaryProject researchers attended the annual meeting of the Northern New Mexico Stockman’s Association (NNMSA) in Taos and distributed questionnaires among attendees. The questionnaire was comprised of 32 questions focusing on irrigated farming operations, livestock operations, and family traditions and heritage. Seventy four community members from all three study areas completed the questionnaire.

2012

  • SummerContinued development of the watershed model for Rio Hondo and began development for model of El Rito
  • AugustAlcalde Field Day
  • JulyAd hoc interviews with community leaders to gain insights into Northern NM livestock production systems
  • June/July/AugustCoordinated and facilitated Alcalde and, Rio Hondo, and El Rito Socio-Cultural focus groups
  • JuneInterdisciplinary Modeling Summer Short Course
  • AprilAttended and displayed posters about ongoing reseach at the Annual Meeting of the TVAA
  • FebruaryNM EPSCoR funded Inovative Working Group (IWG)involving participants, students, and NM Stakeholders
  • JanuaryResearch study held in Costa Rica and Chile

2011

  • JanuaryHurd, Brian H., “Estimates of the Economic Impact of Changes in Climate and Water Availability,” Invited presentation given to the Workshop on Improving the Assessment and Valuation of Climate Change Impacts for Policy and Regulatory Analysis, Session on Research on Climate Change Impacts and Associated Economic Damages, Sponsored by the U.S. EPA and USDOE
  • AprilResearch study held in Rosario, Argentina
  • April/May/JuneVarious training and research activities were conducted throughout the site areas
  • Spring/SummerOngoing site visits with NMSU Professors and students to obtain water flow measurements, equipment installation, and maintenance
  • May/JuneTravel occured to the Chilean Sister Site to conduct study and research
  • AugustYouth Group guided tour of the Alcalde Science Center
  • OctoberKepner, W.G., E.A. Samson, A.K. Leimer, R.K. Guy, K.G. Boykin, B.G. Bierwagen, and D.F. Bradford. 2011. Evaluating Biodiversity Response to Forecasted Land-use Change: A Case Study in the South Platte River, CO. Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment (AGWA) Tool Software Demonstration, Training Workshop, South Platte Spatial Database and Biodiversity Metrics Overview, Denver, CO
  • FallSurvey conducted of acequia members resulting in 60 completed observations

2010

  • September 16thOfficial start date for the project
  • August/October/DecemberOrganizational meetings were held in Socorro, Albuquerque, and Alcalde to plan project execution strategies and refine overall conceptual model
  • SeptemberProject startup for “Water availability in a stressed Andean watershed in Chile: Vulnerability under climate variability”
  • SeptemberCreation of a new Water Center by the Chilean Partners, inspirited in the research and extension centers that exist in the USA like Alcalde

Outreach Activities

2015

  • SpringThe University of New Mexico (UNM) hosted two different sessions regarding the “El Agua es Vida: The Acequias in New Mexico” museum exhibit. The sessions involved a panel of speakers discussing acequia activism.
  • OctoberThree graduate students from New Mexico State University (NMSU) presented information about flow measurement instrumentation, water flow, and soil moisture flow monitoring on acequia land. The presentation took place during a tour as part of the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute’s (NM WRRI’s) 60th annual New Mexico Water Conference.
  • November“Acequia Hydrology,” authored by A. Fernald, C. Ochoa, S. Guldan, and V. Tidwell was presented via a guest lecture to an undergraduate student class at the UNM Los Alamos campus.

2014

  • SummerTwo students from New Mexico Tech in Socorro, NM gave a public outreach presentation in El Rito, NM. Their presentation provided information about their project research to-date and they answered questions from the public.

2011

  • JanuaryInformational meeting and answer session held at NMSU’s 2nd Research Rally
  • JanuaryInvited talk titled “Climate Changes and Forest Management for Water” given during a Forest Service Meeting in Abuquiu, NM
  • January“Estimates of the Economic Impact of Changes in Climate and Water Availability”
  • AprilMeetings for officers and members of acequia associations in the Rio Hondo and El Rito Valleys were held
  • April/May/JuneVarious outreach activities were conducted throughout the site areas
  • June4th Annual Celebrando las Acequias was held in Dixon, NM, free and open to the public. Dr. Riveral spoke on “The Culture of Ayuda Mutua in the Rio Arriba” and Dr.’s Guldan, Fernald, Tidwell, and Ochoa spoke on “Hydrologic Connection between Traditional Acequia Communities and their Watersheds: Three Cases from Northern New Mexico”
  • JuneOngoing training on Socio-economic Survey Sample and Survey Design
  • JuneGuided tours of the Alcalde Science Center
  • August“Water Scarcity in New Mexico” by Jared Anderson from KRWG was posted on youtube.com, KRWG.org, and broadcast on KRWG TV (Channel 22 in Las Cruces)
  • SeptemberSeed producer tour group held at the ASC
  • SeptemberInvited Speaker, “Acequia Culture International: From al-Andalus to the Americas”, La Resolana Series at the National Hispanic Cultural Center
  • OctoberTour of the ASC for academic visitors
  • NovemberInvited Speaker, “Acequias International: Comparative Irrigation Systems Around the World”, Earth Science Seminar, Hydrology Program Lecture, Earth and Environmental Science Department, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM

2010

  • SeptemberOngoing preparation is in effect to establish an acequia exhibit with the UNM Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
  • SeptemberProgress continues for the Global Communities Workshop and International Conference in 2013

Publications

2016

  • AprilDetails of the project participant travel to Chile, South America was featured in the April 2016 New Mexico Water eNews published by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI).
  • SeptemberThe project museum exhibit was featured in the September/October issue of AramcoWorld. The article delivered the meaning and importance of the exhibit by describing some of the featured artworks along with their background and relation to this CNH project. The article was written by Gerald Zarr and photos were provided by Donatella Davanzo.
  • SeptemberA feature of the AramcoWorld article was included in the September 2016 New Mexico Water eNews published by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI).

2014

  • JuneThe “El Agua es Vida: Acequias in New Mexico” exhibit was featured in the June 2014 issue, Vol.6 No.6, pg. 26 of Green Fire Times. The article was written by Alejandra Lopez.

2012

  • November – *Modeling Sustainability of Water, Environment, Livelihood, and Culture in Traditional Irrigation Communities and Their Linked Watersheds, Alexander Fernald1, Vincent Tidwell2, José Rivera3, Sylvia Rodríguez4, Steven Guldan5, Caitriana Steele1, Carlos Ochoa1, Brian Hurd1, Marquita Ortiz6, Kenneth Boykin1 and Andres Cibils1, Sustainability 2012, 4(11), 2998-3022; doi:10.3390/su4112998, http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/4/11/2998
  • JulyNSF Annual Report for Year 2 was submitted and approved
  • Spring“Rural Community Persprectives on Preparednes and Adaptation to Climate-Change and Demographic Pressure”, Mayagoitia, L., B. Hurd, J. Rivera, S. Guldan, Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education
  • Fall/SpringJose Rivera, The Historical Role of Acequias and Agriculture in New Mexico”, Book, Chappter 6 of Water Policy in New Mexico: Addressing the Challenge of an Uncertain Future, David S. Brookshire, Hoshin V. Gupta, and Olen Paul Matthews, eds.,

2011

  • April“Research within the Center for Applied Spatial Ecology, Kenneth Boykin
  • July“Coupled Natural and Human Systems: Changes In Biodiversity Metrics Based on Climate And Land Use Changes At Watershed And Basin Landscape Scales”, Elizabeth Samson and Kenneth Boykin
  • JulyNSF Annual Report for Year 1 was submitted and approved
  • SeptemberSamson, E.A., W.G. Kepner, K.G. Boykin, D.F. Bradford, B.G. Bierwagen, A.K.K. Leimer, R.K. Guy. 2011. Evaluating Biodiversity Response to Forecasted Land-use Change: A Case Study in the South Platte River, CO. USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5169; Pp. 56-62
  • September/OctoberMcCarl, Bruce A., Brian H. Hurd, Siyi J. Feng, Amy D. Hagerman, Jian H. Mu, and Wei W. Wang. 2011. “Climate Change and Its Impact on Agriculture: Challenges for the 21st Century, “Chapter 1 in (ed.) Cossia, Juliann M., Global Warming in the 21st Century, ISBN 978-1-61728-980-4, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. pp: 1-40
  • September/OctoberHurd, Brian, and Mani Rouhi-Rad (in review). “Estimating Economic Impacts of Changes in Climate and Water Availability, “Climatic Change
  • OctoberOchoa, C.G., A.G. Fernald, and S.J. Guldan. 2011. Caracterizacion del balance hidrico y la recarga por retorno de riego en un valle agri­cola de una region semiarida de los Estados Unidos de America. In: Jose Martinez Fernandez and Nilda Sanchez Martin (Eds.). Estudios en la Zona no Saturada del Suelo. Vol. X ZNS 11. Salamanca, Spain

2010

  • SeptemberCollaboration is ongoing toward publication for a sustainabilty paper

Conferences and Meetings

2013

  • March“Acequias and the Future of Resilience in Global Perspective” was a free public international symposium held in Las Cruces, NM, that included the project team with invited scholars of autonomous irrigation systems in Spain, U.S.A., Chile, Bali, Peru, Mexico, Morocco, and the Mediterranean. A combined workshop included acequia researchers, activists and community members. Approximately 100 registered participants and students attended the conference and workshop where oral and poster presentations were given.

2012

  • DecemberAGU Fall Meeting was held in San Francisco, CA
  • JulyThe UCOWR/NIWR Annual Conference was held in Santa Fe, NM
  • JulySevilleta LTER Summer Seminar
  • April4th Annual NSF EPSCoR Western Consortium Tri-State Meeting was held in Sun Valley, ID
  • AprilWorld Heritage Symposium

2011

  • AprilIX International Rangeland Congress-IRC 2011 was held in Rosario, Argentina
  • AprilEPSCoR Western Consortium Tri-State Meeting held in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM
  • JulyThe UCOWR Conference was held in Boulder, CO
  • AugustBi-annual CNH Acequia meeting was held in Las Cruces, NM
  • SeptemberNM EPSCoR All Hands Meeting in Albuquerque, NM
  • SeptemberAcequia Culture International: From al-Andalus to the Americas held in Albuquerque, NM
  • October22nd Annual EPSCoR Conference in Coeur d’Alene, ID
  • NovemberThe AWRA Conference was held in Albuquerque, NM
  • NovemberThe 12th Annual Congresso de las Acequias was held in Santa Fe, NM

Products

2016

  • OctoberThe System Dynamics (SD) model that was developed will provide a platform to engage stakeholders and enhance communication to explore alternative adaptive measures for acequia communities in northern New Mexico. This effort links social, economic, hydrologic, and ecologic dynamics to study natural and social stressors on CNH systems.
  • DecemberLand cover maps for three acequia-irrigated valleys for eight points in time between 1935 and 2014 were created.
  • DecemberFinalized the six year-long project with a final report to the National Science Foundation (NSF).

2014

  • May“El Agua es Vida: Acequias in New Mexico,” the project museum exhibit, opened and was free to the public. The opening had an attendance of approximately 275 people while the exhibit had an attendance of approximately 25,000 over the span of one year.

2012

  • Fall – *Abstracts for poster presentations reporting preliminary data documenting grazing history of watersheds surrounding acequia communities submitted to the 66th Annual Meeting of the Society for Range Management and the 45th Annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
  • WinterCNH Acequia Winter Newsletter

2011

  • September“Manual and Automated Measurements of an Acequia System: Undergraduate research” (poster)
  • November“Acequia Water Systems Linking Culture and Nature: Integrated Analysis of Community Resilience to Climate and Land Use Changes” (poster)
  • November“Hydro-Meteorological Network to Characterize Community Water Sustainability” (poster)
  • FallCNH Acequia Fall Newsletter

2010

  • September“Acequia Water Systems Linking Culture and Nature: Integrated Analysis of Community Resilience to Climate and Land Use Changes” (poster)
  • September“Temporal and Spatial Variability of Surface Water and Groundwater Interations in a Semi-Arid Agricultural Vally” (poster)
  • September“Field Studies and Modeling of Water Movement through the Vadose Zone” (poster)
  • SeptemberCreation of 3 Geo-databases containing relevant spatial data for acequia study
  • SeptemberMaps of acequia valleys and of snowmelt dominated basins above the acequias are being created and updated
  • SeptemberIntegrated Decision Model will evaluate stress and mitigation options for acequia operation when complete
  • SeptemberBeginning creation of Land Cover Tables for the region and the Rio Hondo, El Rito, and Alcalde sites

Proposals

2016

  • SeptemberThe CNH project group along with other researchers submitted a pre-proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) entitled: PIRE-CONECT: Social and hydrologic CONnections to promote Ecosystem and Community Thrivability along irrigated river systems.

2011

  • NovemberNM EPSCoR approved funding proposal for 2012 Interdisciplinary Summer Short Course

2010

  • OctoberNMSU receives $1.4 million in funding from NSF to support their project, entitled “CNH: Acequia Water Systems Linking Culture and Nature: Integrated Analysis of Communty Resilence to Climate and Land-Use Changes.”