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

 Executive Board Meeting
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
5:00 P.M. 
Taos County Agricultural Center Conference Room

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 Lucero: Sunday, October 29, 2:00 PM, Quail Ridge Inn, 88 State Rd 150
for more information:    English     Espanol
Río Hondo: Sunday, December 3, 2:00PM, location TBA

Here are a few news reports of interest

My Turn
Our acequias are vital to our way of life
Fritz Hahn
The Taos News, 5/18/2017

Tree talk : Trees and water in Taos
by Ben Wright
The Taos News, May 12, 2017

New Mexico Acequia Commission Meeting

Friday, October 27, 2017
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