Building a New Generation of Advocacy through Media Workshops

Acequia and Aquifer Water Watchers is developing a new generation of water stewards and environmental- and social-justice advocates, empowered with the knowledge and skills to become proactive leaders.

AAWW’s hands-on, media workshops have a two-fold benefit. They create important video documentaries and public service announcements to build awareness about water threats and solutions. They also benefit youth participants on an individual level as they teach marketable job skills in digital journalism and create opportunities for the future.

AAWW worked with local youth, under the direction of Doug Crawford, an Emmy-award-winning cinematographer, to produce “Nuestras Acequias son Nuestra Vida,” a short documentary film exploring the history and culture of acequias in a time of climate change. This documentary has been used by other water advocates to carry our mission forward.
In 2022 we plan to offer our classes again.  Stay tuned…..

Protecting Water in a Time of Climate Crisis

Acequia and Aquifer Water Watchers protects water, longstanding water rights’ laws and the traditional acequia culture Northern New Mexico. Water, the world’s most valuable and necessary resource, must be safeguarded against threats such as pollution, profiteers, privatization, misuse, increased demand and climate crisis. AAWW believes people are the building blocks of change. We invite you to become a strong advocate for water, as part of the larger movement of environmental- and social-justice. Take action and contribute to the conversation by joining us at our community meetings, education forums and special projects, as we target short-term, intermediate and long-term goals for lasting change.

Catalyzing Ripples of Change Through Community Forums and Popular Education

Our grassroots theory of change uses ripples of action and impact to create waves of change. Change starts with empowering individuals, extends to organizing communities and ultimately influences power dynamics and systems affecting our Watershed and its communities. From one to many, meaningful change begins with personal responsibility and moves forward as communities engage in collective awareness and action. Acequia and Aquifer Water Watchers works directly with community members and likeminded organizations through open community meetings, popular education forums, workshops and direct action campaigns to empower people as change agents. We invite you to join us!

Water Harvesting Project – 2020 Project

To address drought and other impacts of climate crisis in rural communities in Northern, NM, Acequia and Aquifer Water Watchers is in the process of organizing a water harvesting project. This project will involve hands-on community input as we work with experts to install a water harvesting system on the 6,000 sq. ft. roof of AAWW’s office/resource center/studio in La Madera, NM. This water harvesting system will serve as a replicable and scalable model of water management and conservation. AAWW also intends to produce and distribute a “how-to video” explaining the benefits of water harvesting.

Arroyo Cleanup and Water Quality – 2020 Project

In direct response to concerns voiced by citizens of La Madera and surrounding communities, Acequia and Aquifer Water Watchers is in the process of organizing a bulk waste cleanup of local arroyos with the cooperation of other organizations. This important cleanup project will prevent pollution from entering common water sources that begin in Hopewell Lake, NM, and travel to the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to restoring water quality, this project will also revitalize the integrity, beauty and use of precious public lands.

Protecting Water in a Time of Climate Crisis

Acequia and Aquifer Water Watchers protects water, longstanding water rights’ laws and the traditional acequia culture Northern New Mexico. Water, the world’s most valuable and necessary resource, must be safeguarded against threats such as pollution, profiteers, privatization, misuse, increased demand and climate crisis. AAWW believes people are the building blocks of change. We invite you to become a strong advocate for water, as part of the larger movement of environmental- and social-justice. Take action and contribute to the conversation by joining us at our community meetings, education forums and special projects, as we target short-term, intermediate and long-term goals for lasting change.

Catalyzing Ripples of Change Through Community Forums and Popular Education

Our grassroots theory of change uses ripples of action and impact to create waves of change. Change starts with empowering individuals, extends to organizing communities and ultimately influences power dynamics and systems affecting our Watershed and its communities. From one to many, meaningful change begins with personal responsibility and moves forward as communities engage in collective awareness and action. Acequia and Aquifer Water Watchers works directly with community members and likeminded organizations through open community meetings, popular education forums, workshops and direct action campaigns to empower people as change agents. We invite you to join us!

Water Harvesting Project - 2020 Project

To address drought and other impacts of climate crisis in rural communities in Northern, NM, Acequia and Aquifer Water Watchers is in the process of organizing a water harvesting project. This project will involve hands-on community input as we work with experts to install a water harvesting system on the 6,000 sq. ft. roof of AAWW’s office/resource center/studio in La Madera, NM. This water harvesting system will serve as a replicable and scalable model of water management and conservation. AAWW also intends to produce and distribute a “how-to video” explaining the benefits of water harvesting.

Arroyo Cleanup and Water Quality - 2020 Project

In direct response to concerns voiced by citizens of La Madera and surrounding communities, Acequia and Aquifer Water Watchers is in the process of organizing a bulk waste cleanup of local arroyos with the cooperation of other organizations. This important cleanup project will prevent pollution from entering common water sources that begin in Hopewell Lake, NM, and travel to the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to restoring water quality, this project will also revitalize the integrity, beauty and use of precious public lands.