Latinos have long been connected to the Colorado River for agriculture. Years ago, they developed a complex system of acequias, or irrigation canals, to support agriculture operations and the acequia culture in these Colorado River basin states is a powerful bond that ties people to the land. 

Today, the Colorado River irrigates 15 percent of the nation’s crops and feeds 13 percent of the nation’s livestock.  Latino farmers and ranchers across the basin states rely on the river to make a living.