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



Here are a few news reports of interest

Acequias to discuss hemp production at annual meeting of the New Mexico Acequia Association
Submitted report
The Taos News, 15 Nov 2018

LujŠn Applauds Grants To Benefit New Mexico’s Acequias And Tribal And Pueblo Farmers And Ranchers
Submitted by Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Dily Post, October 24, 2018

Press release, October 16, 2018
Udall, Heinrich Announce USDA Grants to Support Acequia Associations & Traditional Communities, Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers, and Tribal Communities
Nearly $525,000 in grants come from USDA’s Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers & Ranchers Program

Apply now: more than $4 billion in loans available for rural water infrastructure projects
By Arthur Garcia
The Taos News, 11 Oct 2018

Abeyta Settlement wells
Staff report
The Taos News, 11 Oct 2018



New Mexico Acequia Commission Meeting

CONTACT: Ralph Vigil (505) 603-2879



New Mexico Acequia Association

Congreso de las Acequias, Saturday (Nov. 17), 9 a.m.
Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid


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