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dc.contributor.authorPeña, Devon
dc.date.accessioned2011-03-23T22:48:46Z
dc.date.available2011-03-23T22:48:46Z
dc.date.issued2010-03-02
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1773/16401
dc.description.abstractProfessor Peña will discuss the background to and implications of Colorado's HB 09-1233, "On the Recognition of Acequias," a new water law signed by Governor Ritter in April 2009. The Recognition law acknowledges that "The first nonnative Americans to settle in Colorado were Hispanics from colonial Mexico, who brought with them their ancient irrigation practices based on a community ditch called an “acequia”, pursuant to which water was treated as a community resource and allocated based upon equity and need rather than priority of appropriation." The new law further asserts that: "Notwithstanding the constitutional establishment of the prior appropriation system, communities that were historically served by an acequia have used informal methods to continue to allocate water based upon equity in addition to priority and to treat water as a community resource." While this sounds like the start of a radical departure from prior appropriation, and the law acknowledges and embraces the Hispano ethics of water as a place-based asset rather than a commodity, the actual provisions affecting acequia water governance impose the same standards and norms for water right and duty as those defined under the more narrow Constitutional requirements of the appropriative rights doctrine. Professor Peña will also discuss contemporary threats to acequia functioning and the current efforts to make acequias referral agencies in land use and zoning decisions. Supplemental Reading: Conflicting Norms in the Struggle for Communitary Governance in the Acequias of the Upper Rio Grande Watershed by Gregory A. Hicks and Devon G. Pena: http://hdl.handle.net/1773/16402
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Washington Water Centeren_US
dc.subjectirrigationen_US
dc.subjectirrigation canalsen_US
dc.subjectcommunity facilitiesen_US
dc.subjectethicsen_US
dc.subjectland useen_US
dc.subjectzoningen_US
dc.subjectRio Grande Riveren_US
dc.subjectwateren_US
dc.subjectwater policyen_US
dc.subjectwater allocationen_US
dc.subjectwater distributionen_US
dc.subjectwater managementen_US
dc.titleColorado's 2009 Acequia Recognition Law: Punching a Hole in Prior's Hegemony?en_US
dc.typePresentationen_US
dc.typeRecording, oralen_US


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