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

Monthly Board Meeting
Tuesday July 17, 2018, 5:00 P.M. 
Taos County Agricultural Center Conference Room


Article from Sustainability 2018

Linkages Between Acequia Farming and Rangeland Grazing in Traditional Agropastoral Communities of the Southwestern USA

by Stephanie C. López, Andrés F. Cibils, Ursula R. Smedly, Steven J. Guldan,
Alexander G. Fernald, Carlos G. Ochoa, Kenneth G. Boykin and Lilian Cibils

This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife

Published June 14, 2018

Posted 6/27/2018

Here are a few news reports of interest

State water plan released to public
Staff  report
The Taos News, 7/12/2018

My Turn
Open letter to the Taos Valley Acequia Association
By Chris Pieper
The Taos News, 7/12/2018

Acequia Madre del Rio Lucero punts vote on TVAA split
By Cody Hooks, chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 6/28/2018

My View
Keeping our rivers, acequias and stormwater clean
By Anna Hansen, Santa Fe County Commissioner for District 2
The Santa Fe New Mexican, June 23, 2018

Will Arroyo Seco acequia go it alone?
Parciantes to vote on TVAA membership

By Cody Hooks, chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 6/21/2018

San Juan River showdown
Critical water settlement under fire

Lawmakers say court should set aside compact with Navajo Nation because Legislature didn’t approve it
By Phaedra Haywood, phaywood@sfneivynexican.com
The Taos News, 6/21/2018

Federal, state rights clash in Navajo water dispute
By Phaedra Haywood, phaywood@sfnewynexican.com
The Taos News, 6/21/2018

New Mexico Acequia Commission Meeting

Friday, July 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Bataan Memorial Building, (Red Room – Room 238 on the second floor)
Don Gaspar and South Capitol Streets, Santa Fe, NM, 87501

CONTACT: Ralph Vigil (505) 603-2879

New Mexico Acequia Association

Noticias de las Acequias

Additional articles about water conservation and acequias

can be found at the

Green Fire Times - News and Views from the Sustainable Southwest

"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