Overview The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) received a
Capital Outlay Appropriation from the Legislature in the 2014 Regular
Session to plan, design, renovate, construct and equip improvements to
acequias statewide (Laws of 2014, Chapter 66, Section 37, Item 2). The
ISC has approved $1,700,000 to be utilized for construction of
shovel-ready projects. Each acequia may request a maximum of $150,000
for their project. Shovel-ready projects are projects that designs have
been completed for and all applicable easements/permits obtained.
Projects can be combined with ISC 90/10 Grant Program, Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives
Program (EQIP), or other funds to complete projects of a larger size.
The Acequia Institute is dedicated to providing research support through grants and fellowships
to graduate students focused on environmental and food justice.
The Institute prioritizes funding graduate research on resilience and sustainability in acequia agroecosystems.
The Edwin Sanchez Memorial Graduate Fellowship provides each fellow with a $2000 award.
The fellowships are made possible by a generous bequest from the late Alfonso Carlos Peņa.
For more information contact the Acequia Institute.
Acequias, or community
ditches, are recognized under New Mexico law as political subdivisions
of the state. The associations have the power of eminent domain
and are authorized to borrow money and enter into contracts for
maintenance and improvements. Acequia associations do not have the
power to tax, so the expenses of maintenance and improvements are borne
by the individuals served by the irrigation system.
To contact the Acequia Liaison for the Office of the State Engineer,
call (505) 827-3822, in Santa Fe, or the Special Projects Coordinator
at (505) 827-7847.
Sources of funding for acequia maintenance and
improvement are listed below.
Acequias, from the
Spanish word for 'irrigation ditch', hold an important place in the
history and culture of the west. Cooperative programs offered by
local, state and federal government help acequia associations build or
restore diversion structures and ditches used for irrigation.
Click here for more information
regarding NRCS Technical Assistance.
80/20 Grant Program
The Acequia Restoration and Rehabilitation Program helps acequia
associations build or restore diversion structures and ditches used for
irrigation. Acequia associations that provide a copy of their
bylaws showing that the group is organized and operated as a community
ditch as defined by state statute are eligible to particcipate in this
The New Mexico State Legislature appropriates funds from the Irrigation
Works Construction Fund to the State Engineer for grants for
improvement and repair work on specific acequias. Eighty percent of the
project cost, up to $96,000 per project can be covered by the grant.
Total construction costs under this program are capped at $120,000.
for more information regarding the USC 80/20 Grant Program.
Financial Aid and
Technical Assistance for the Restoration and Preservation
Acequia Irrigation Systems,
published by the New Mexico Interstate
Stream Commission, 2007
Small to medium sized projects, between 120,000 to
$500,00. NEPA compliance required. The funding formula is 75% Federal
funds, 17.5% State funds and 7.5% Acequia share. Capital Improvement
Project appropriations can be used for the Acequia’s 7.5% cost share.
Large scale projects, between $500,000 and $1.5
Million. NEPA compliance required. In the 1113 program, the COE plans,
designs and constructs the entire project. The funding formula is 75%
Federal funds, 17.5% State funds and 7.5% Acequia share. Capital
Improvement Project appropriations can be used for the Acequia’s 7.5%
for more information regarding the COE 215/1113 Programs.
An acequia association's share of its costs for a construction or
rehabilitation project may come from loans made by the New Mexico
Interstate Stream Commission.
The loans are made from the state Irrigation Works Construction Fund at
an interest rate presently established at 2.5 percent, with repayment
periods of up to 10 years. Monies for these loans are
appropriated on an annual basis by the Legislature.
For more information on the loan program, contact the New Mexico
Interstate Stream Commission, P.O. Box 25102, Santa Fe, New
Mexico 87504, (505)827-6160.
Acequia Construction Program
The New Mexico Legislature appropriates funds to
assist individual acequias with specific projects. Commission staff
reviews plans, specifications, and ditch eligibility; executes
contracts and agreements; and inspects the completed projects.
To learn more about the Acequia Construction Program click here, or, call
(505) 827-6134, in
In 1988, the Legislature created the acequia and community ditch fund
to provide assistance to community ditches and acequias for expenses
incurred during water right adjudication suits. The
fund is available for historical studies, economic impact reports,
expert witness fees, legal fees and other technical services related to
the adjudication process. Legislative appropriations
for the fund may include conditions and limitations on fund use
For more information, contact the Local Government Division of the New
Mexico Department of Finance and Administration, Bataan Memorial
Building, Room 201, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87503, phone
Mexico Disaster Assistance Program
The State of New Mexico, through the Governor’s Disaster Assistance
Program, can provide disaster recovery funding on a 75/25 cost-share
basis to political subdivisions of the State and to certain non-profit
organizations serving a governmental function.
for more information regarding the NM Disaster Assistance Program.
grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on Grants.gov.
You do not have to
register with Grants.gov to find grant opportunities.
information and assistance contact us, the Taos Valley Acequia