Water Flows Uphill Toward Money: How the Santa Fe River Became Privatized

Alan “Mac” Watson

Sparks, SAR Boardroom

Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 3:00–4:00 pm

Water Flows Uphill Toward Money: How the Santa Fe River Became PrivatizedWater Flows Uphill Toward Money: How the Santa Fe River Became PrivatizedSparks Talk by Alan “Mac” Watson, September 13, 2011.Water Flows Uphill Toward Money: How the Santa Fe River Became PrivatizedSparks Talk by Alan “Mac” Watson, September 13, 2011.

The Santa Fe River was a community-owned resource during the Spanish Colonial and Mexican periods, but became a privately owned commodity in 1880. With privatization came dams on the river and the building of Santa Fe’s first hydro-electric plant. The site of the plant is now Santa Fe’s newest city park, which along with the building will tell the story of Santa Fe’s water resource. Mac Watson is an architectural conservator and local preservationist who has been involved with planning and implementation of the water history park and museum.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Historic Santa Fe Foundation as a part of their 50th Anniversary celebration.

Sponsored by The Historic Santa Fe Foundation

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