10 thoughts on “The Ditch Commissioner: Why San Antonio’s Espada Acequia Still Flows

  1. I’m from New Mexico, the land of arroyos. I really enjoyed this article. Visited Espada area recently with a friend from New Mexico. I’ll have to go back and see it again. — Steffanie Gibbons
    PS. Brendan, Are we related? 😊

  2. It would be wonderful if someone would fly a drone and photograph the system. I would dearly love to take a walking tour. Loved the article!

  3. My great-uncle G. Garrett Lewis fought the San Antonio River Authority all of the way to the Texas Supreme Court in 1962 to keep the water flowing in the San Juan Acequia after SARA destroyed the San Juan mission weir dam during a flood control project resulting in water no longer flowing in the acequia. A reference to this court action may be found in “Spanish Water, Anglo Water” by Charles R. Porter, Jr. pages 130 – 131.

  4. Our homestead at 9827 Espada Road has the acequia running through my property. Growing up I learned to water the fields with its waters. Thanks to Maspero family for maintaining it.

  5. I also remember catching crawfish and getting stung multiple times by yellowjackets. A lot of times wading in the ditch.

  6. Great Rivard Report story on current use of 300-year-old acequias.

    This story has been added to the Espada Aqueduct Park on map 79 of http://www.NatureTrailMaps.net. At the home page of NatureTrailMaps.net, click or touch on map 79. Then click or touch the Rivard Report ions adjacent to the Espada Aqueduct Park.

    Visitors throughout the world use map 67 to visit the Spanish Missions by walking or biking along the beautiful San Antonio River trails, along with using transit such as VIA buses.

  7. amazing piece of our history – it would be nice if there was a map of the acequias super-imposed over a satellite image of the area.

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