Braving the snow storm, over 125 acequieros came out to support the work of the New Mexico Acequia Association on Saturday, November 23rd for our annual Congreso de las Acequias at Bishop's Lodge in Tesuque. The Congreso is the largest gathering of acequia members and supporters in New Mexico. People were joined together from around the state to rally in support of our work to protect our precious water, inspire people to grow food, and to celebrate our cultural heritage. It is a gathering to share knowledge, meet old and new friends, and to leave with a renewed commitment to keep our acequias flowing with agua sana y agua pura.
During this year’s event, we emphasized the importance of strengthening community and water sharing traditions during times of water scarcity; and worked to build momentum for legislative priorities at the state and federal levels. We had a great line up of speakers, including Congressman Ben Ray Lujan as the keynote. Proceedings will be available in early January.
The Congreso de las Acequias is the state-wide governing body of the NMAA, comprised of regional delegates across the state. The annual meeting is held in the fall of each year to pass resolutions that guide the strategic direction of the NMAA, and to elect the eleven-member Concilio. Every year, we're drawing in more and more folks who are dedicated to the cause. The NMAA hopes to continue building the movement throughout the state, protecting our land and water resources for future generations of acequia farmers and ranchers.