Atrisco Acequia event on Saturday offers education - Albuquerque Journal

Atrisco Acequia event on Saturday offers education

Flowers placed in a South Valley acequia at a celebration earlier this year. Local government and water groups will host an event at the Armijo Acequia headwaters on Saturday to discuss potential area improvements. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque Journal

Many Albuquerque acequias have supported regional farming for more than 300 years.

Local water and government groups will kick off the Atrisco Acequia Madre project Saturday with an event for the community to learn about urban irrigation canals and share ideas for improving the area’s outdoor amenities.

The initiative includes plans for an outdoor educational site near Central Avenue on the west side of the Rio Grande.

Barbara Baca, an at-large board member for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, said the project is about creating a “place to celebrate our acequia culture.”

“It might be outdoor interpretive signs, definitely trail connections,” Baca said. “There’s ideas of adding connections to the Open Space, to neighborhoods, while respecting the natural landscape that is there.”

The event will be held at the headwaters of the Atrisco Acequia. The main canal and its offshoot deliver water to South Valley farms. The project area crosses riverside city and irrigation district property.

“Dealing with climate change, we have to get smarter and smarter about the way we use our water,” Baca said. “This is a great opportunity to educate the community about our water resources, along with kids and school groups, who are the next stewards of our land and water.”

Bernalillo County, the MRGCD, the city of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority have each committed $25,000 to the project planning.

The state Legislature also appropriated $65,000 in capital outlay funds earlier this year for planning, design and construction.

Residents can share ideas for the project at Saturday’s event. A survey is also available on the project website, www.acequiamadreplan.org.

The government groups, which are working with the South Valley Regional Association of Acequias, the Center for Social Sustainable Systems and the West Central Alliance of Neighbors, will finalize a conceptual site plan in February.


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

Nativo Sponsored Content

Ad Tango

taboola desktop

MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS

1
What does a soil and water conservation district do?
ABQnews Seeker
From arroyo safety to fire prevention, ... From arroyo safety to fire prevention, this grant-funded agency literally covers a lot of ground
2
Half of city voters favor Keller's job performance
2021 city election
60% approval rating a year ago ... 60% approval rating a year ago likely due to pandemic response
3
Book merchant Jim Hoffsis was a pillar of Old ...
ABQnews Seeker
Korean War veteran was an admirer ... Korean War veteran was an admirer of military, supporter of local authors
4
Gonzales' current job approval stands at 34%
2021 city election
Democratic sheriff has little support from ... Democratic sheriff has little support from members of own party
5
NM film and television community honors Halyna Hutchins
ABQnews Seeker
New Mexico's film and television community ... New Mexico's film and television community came together to remember cinematographer Halyna Hutchins at a candlelight vigil at Civic Plaza in Albuquerque on Saturday ...
6
Journal Poll: Keller has large lead over mayoral opponents
2021 city election
Gonzales, Aragon lag behind; runoff may ... Gonzales, Aragon lag behind; runoff may not be needed
7
Hours before showtime, Las Cruces High's band truck is ...
ABQnews Seeker
The Las Cruces High School Showcase ... The Las Cruces High School Showcase band's trip to Albuquerque this weekend started on a sour note. Hours before the Zia Marching Band Fiesta ...
8
Don't forget: 10-digit phone dialing to be required in ...
ABQnews Seeker
Starting Sunday, phone users across New ... Starting Sunday, phone users across New Mexico must include area codes when dialing to make all calls, including local calls that previously only required ...
9
States mostly defer to union guidance for on-set gun ...
ABQnews Seeker
Safety standards developed by film studios ... Safety standards developed by film studios and labor unions are the primary protection for actors and film crews when a scene calls for using ...