April 12 - New Mexico Communities Respond to Governor's Veto of Money for Acequias

Apr 13, 2016

The springtime ritual of "sacando la acequia" in NM
Credit Photo by Deborah Martinez

Farmers in northern New Mexico were shocked to learn Governor Susana Martinez vetoed almost $1 million in funding for water projects that lawmakers from both parties had approved during this year’s session of the New Mexico State Legislature.  In her veto message the governor said acequias – or irrigation ditches for which the money had been appropriated – don’t contribute to economic development or create jobs.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez visited an acequia in northern New Mexico, where the produce we buy from farmers gets its start. 

Hear Part 2, HERE