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 May 15, 2018
    5:00 P.M.
    Taos County Agricultural Center Conference Room

Here are a few news reports of interest

Pecha Kucha: A community gathers to save water
By Flora Mack, TISA 4th grade
The Taos News, posted May 3, 2018 3:00 am

Abeyta parties push off management decision
By Cody Hooks, chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, posted May 3, 2018 

This acequia life
The irrigation of the land defines our West in ways I can hardly explain.

By Leeanna Torres
High Country News, April 30, 2018 

Repartimiento, Drought and Climate Change
By Sylvia Rodríguez
Green Fire Times, April 20, 2018

Doing their part
In drought and uncertainty, acequias feed hope

By Cody Hooks, chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 4/19/2018

The economics of a faltering tradition
The Taos News, 4/19/2018

Auditor Wayne Johnson works with local acequias to ensure financial compliance and eligibility for funding
Sangre de Cristo Chronicle
April 19, 2018

Effects of climate change on communally managed water systems softened by shared effort
Sandia studies the impact of interdependence on the resilience of New Mexico acequias

DOE/Sandia National Laboratories
Public Release: 16-Apr-2018

Habla Open Meetings?
By Robert Trapp
Rio Grande Sun, Apr 5, 2018

New Mexico Acequia Commission Meeting

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