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 February 19, 2019, 5:00 P.M. 
Taos County Agricultural Center Conference Room

"I am so proud that the Senate just passed a landmark package of bipartisan legislation that I have championed to protect our public lands,
create new outdoor recreation opportunities, and build on the success of our nation's most effective conservation programs." 
Senator Martin Henrich, Feb. 12, 2019

Read the rest of Martin's letter here.

SB 12 would require that the OSE post notices about water applications (such as water transfers) online
in addition to the current practice of newspaper publication.

SB 12 would improve transparency and due process in relation to water right applications.  

Click here for a copy of SB 12

Here are a few news reports of interest

Water rights, deep wells
Staff report
The Taos News, 10 Jan 2019

Water rule could drain protections from Taos County wetlands, arroyos
Staff report
The Taos News, 12/20/2018

Town council approves land transfer for affordable housing
Water protesters raise concerns over test well drilled on county land

By Jesse Moya jmoya@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 13 Dec 2018

Water protectors inspect a well site
By Cody Hooks chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 13 Dec 2018

New Mexico Acequia Commission Meeting

Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 10:15 a.m. 
Yucca Room, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey,
Santa Fe, NM 87507.

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