September 11, 2013

El Valle


The Land Arts crew is finishing off our last night in El Valle, NM on William deBuys’ farm, which borders the Carson National Forest.

William deBuys took students on a guided tour of his farm and of El Valle, describing in poetic detail the fragile ecosystem and watershed of the forest and of the Rio de las Trampas. Site visits also included the Rio Grande Diversion Channel and the Rio Grande itself. 

Land Arts students listen as William deBuys describes the acequia system that waters his and sixteen other farms in El Valle.

Close-up of the acequia system.

Land Arts student Andre Liptay looks out onto fields as William deBuys describes the topography and water system of El Valle and Northern New Mexico. 

William deBuys describes the methodology for measuring river flow in order to determine individual usage.

Acequia diversion system. 
Land Arts students listen as deBuys describes land grants and policies. 

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