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. "
Author of the Blog, Acequias and Adjudication
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
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
The Acequia Institute
For Water Democracy, Resilient Agriculture, Environmental Justice
h2oIQ Water is life. Knowledge is power.
Here are a few news reports of interest
Udall, Heinrich Introduce Legislation to Help Acequias and Land Grants Better Access Federal Conservation Programs
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
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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."
Acequia; Water Sharing, Sanctity, and Place
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