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Jose and Junita Martinez stand next to the part of the communal irrigation system that flows through their property in Costilla County, in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.
Photos by Luna Anna Archey

November 11, 2021

In the San Luis Valley, a Community Fights for its Land, Water and Way of Life

Despite multigenerational conflict over land access and rights, communal irrigation systems called acequias remain a powerful antidote to the forces threatening rural communities.

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