Our Mission

The Taos Valley Acequia Association insures the long-term sustainability of the traditional agricultural communities of the Taos Valley by protecting water rights and preserving and strengthening the acequia system.

"The TVAA, in my opinion, is the most active and efficient regional
acequia association in the state. You are the model. "
Eric Perramond
Author of the Blog, Acequias and Adjudication
Associate Professor
Southwest Studies & Environmental Science
The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Acequia Pathways to Funding: Financial Compliance


December 7th 2017, 9:00am-12:00pm

Juan I Gonzales Agricultural Building
Taos, NM

TVAA Community Outreach Plan for 2017

As part of a new initiative to develop a post-Adjudication mission for the TVAA, during 2017
the Board plans to visit acequia communities on six major stream systems
in order to learn more about parciantes’ concerns, challenges, and needs.

Tentative Future Schedule
Río Hondo: Sunday, December 3, 2:00PM, location TBA

New Links

The Acequia Institute
For Water Democracy, Resilient Agriculture, Environmental Justice

h2oIQ Water is life. Knowledge is power.

posted 11/17/2017

Here are a few news reports of interest

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation to Help Acequias and Land Grants Better Access Federal Conservation Programs
Press release
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Protecting an agricultural tradition for the new generation
Farmers gather to focus on strategies to keep new generation interested in preserving acequias

By Justin Horwath; The New Mexican
The Taos News, 11/9/2017

In the Water-Scarce Southwest, an Ancient Irrigation System Disrupts Big Agriculture
In New Mexico and Colorado, the “acequia” is more than just democratic water distribution—it is at the center of Southwest culture.

by Shoshi Parks
yes! magazine, posted Nov 03, 2017

New Mexico Acequia Commission Meeting

Friday, December 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Old Senate Chambers (Red Room – Room 238)
Bataan Memorial Building
Don Gaspar and South Capitol Streets, Santa Fe, NM.

CONTACT: Ralph Vigil (505) 603-2879

New Mexico Acequia Association

Noticias de las Acequias

For previous editions click here.

"Parciantes construct the social meaning and purpose of their lives as members of a community out of sacred and secular acequia practices.  This community identifies itself as historically continuous, genealogically connected, territorially placed, and socially enacted through the interrelated practices of irrigation, ditch management, water sharing, reciprocity, and religious celebration.  Ritual observances (funciones) are woven into a larger cultural fabric.  This culture is a dynamic, ever-changing process or field, not a static, bounded, or finite entity.  It is a process whereby the ditch-based population inscribes itself, through time, upon the topography or landscape of the Taos basin.  It is a process that produces local subjects and shapes them into moral subjects.  The ditches and the practices that maintain their functionality and communal meaning represent the historical process through which the natural topography becomes a cultural landscape.  Religious teachings and rituals are parallel processes through which children learn moral comportment and gain membership in a devotional community."

Sylvia Rodriguez
Acequia; Water Sharing, Sanctity, and Place

“what could make a person strong is understanding completely where you come from,” says former Rio Arriba county commision president Alfredo Montoya. “Understanding who you are. What your village has to offer. Your history. your traditions and customs. How spiritually there’s places to go. And that is why the land and water issues, fighting for the acequias and the land grant movement, are so important for recovering from substance abuse.”

–from the book ‘chiva: a village takes on
the global heroin trade
by Chellis Glendinning