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Water Organizations

  • World Water Rescue Foundation

    ...dedicted to protecting and preserving the world's water resources and ensuring the funadmantal right of access to safe drinking water for all people.

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  • World Water Day Celebrations

    The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March of each year as the World Day for Water by adopting a resolution.This world day for water was to be observed starting in 1993, in conformity with the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development contained in chapter 18 (Fresh Water Resources) of Agenda 21.

  • Water Resources (USGS)

  • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
    The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy promotes resilient family farms, rural communities and ecosystems around the world through research and education, science and technology, and advocacy.

  • Water Glossary

    acequia--acequias were important forms of irrigation in the development of agriculture in the American Southwest. The proliferation of cotton, pecans and green chile as major agricultual staples owe their progress to the acequia system.

    An acequia is a community operated waterway used in the American Southwest for irrigation. Acequias are usually historically engineered canals that carry snow runoff or river water to distant fields.

    The word "acequia" comes from the arabic language and means irrigation system. The Arabs brought the technology to Spain during their occupation of the Iberian peninsula. The technology has since been adopted by the Spanish and utilized throughout their conquered lands.

    Most acequias were established more than 200 years ago, and continue to provide a primary source of water for farming and ranching ventures in areas of the United States once occupied by Spain or Mexico. Some acequias are conveyed through pipes or aqueducts, some of modern fabrication and some decades or centuries old.

    Known among water users simply as the Acequia, various legal entities embody the community associations, or acequia associations, that govern members' water usage, depending on local precedents. An acequia organization often includes ditch riders and a major domo who administers usage of water from a ditch, regulating which water-rights holders can release water to their fields on what days.

    For links to resources and information on acequias visit the web pages of:

  • The New Mexico Acequia Association

    The New Mexico Acequia Association was founded in 1990 to build a united voice for acequia communities throughout the state. The Association is a grassroots, membership-based organization that has worked to protect and strengthen acequias through community education, community organizing and policy advocacy.

  • The Acequia Institute

    Retrieved from wikipedia


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