18 Willamette J. Int'l L. & Dis. Res. 185 (2010)
Customary Practice and Community Governance in Implementing the Human Right to Water - The Case of the Acequia Communities of Colorado's Rio Culebra Watershed

handle is hein.journals/wildisres18 and id is 203 raw text is: CUSTOMARY PRACTICE AND COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE IN
IMPLEMENTING THE HUMAN RIGHT TO WATER - THE CASE
OF THE ACEQUIA COMMUNITIES OF COLORADO'S RIO
CULEBRA WATERSHED
GREGORY A. HICKS1 & DEVON G. PENA2
I.  Introd uction  ................................................................................................. 18 5
II.  Character of the  Culebra  W atershed ........................................................... 188
11 .  H istory  of the  Culebra  Acequias  ............................................................... 190
A .  Settlem ent and  O rganization  .................................................................. 190
B.  Im pact of Prior Appropriation ................................................................ 192
IV. Contemporary Water and Watershed Conflicts and the Acequias ............ 193
V .  The  A cequia  Recognition  A ct .................................................................... 196
VI. The Human Rights Framework and its Significance ................................ 198
V II.  T he  R oad  A head  ...................................................................................... 20 1
A. A Summary of Challenges to Recovery of Acequia Autonomy ............ 201
B. Next Steps in Reviving Acequia Watershed Governance ....................... 204
V III.  C onclusion  ............................................................................................. 20 6
IX .  A ppendix  ................................................................................................... 20 8
I. INTRODUCTION
An important aspect of the implementation of the human right
to water in the West is recognition and protection of the right of
peoples to define themselves and their cultures through their
relationship to water and its management. The idea of water as a
carrier of culture and as essential to identity may be especially
important for communities of smallholder irrigators where water is
both an essential economic resource and the basis for much of
community life. These communities define themselves and their
relation to place through their participation in the social and
institutional  arrangements    on   which   irrigation   management
depends. Water management and watershed governance become
1.   Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington.
2.   Professor of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies, University of Washington, Seattle.

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