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
TAOS VALLEY ACEQUIA ASSOCIATION
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
create new outdoor recreation opportunities, and build on the success
of our nation's most effective conservation programs."
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
The Taos News, 10 Jan 2019
Water rule could drain protections from Taos County wetlands, arroyos
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 email@example.com
The Taos News, 13 Dec 2018
Water protectors inspect a well site
By Cody Hooks firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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