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 March 21, 2017
5:00 P.M.

Taos County Agricultural Center Conference Room


Taos Valley Acequia Association will hold its Annual Meeting

Sunday March 26, 2017, Beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Juan I. Gonzales Agricultural Center, Taos, New Mexico

Invitation & Agenda

The Commissioners, Mayordomos, and Parciantes who irrigate from the Río Grande del Rancho are invited to attend a meeting where we can talk about the future of our acequias.

Llano Quemado Community Center
Sunday, April 2, 2:00 P.M.
Sponsored by the TVAA board and Leadership and Education Committee
For more information, contact Judy Torres at 758-9461

bi-lingual flyer

Taos Valley Acequia Association
The special meeting held March 4, 2017 was well attended,
with lively debate and extensive exchange of information
On Saturday, March 4, 2017

Click here to read the rport,
Hydrologic Elements of the Taos Valley Settlement
by John Shomaker
John Shomaker & Associates

Colorado Acequia Handbook
Water Rights and Governance Guide for Colorado’s Acequias
(Revised 2016)

This handbook is a joint effort of the Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association, the Getches-
Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at the University of
Colorado Law School, Colorado Open Lands, and dedicated private attorneys. The handbook
was inspired by the New Mexico Acequia Association’s Acequia Governance Handbook,
which served as a wonderful model.

posted 3/19/2017

Surface Water Quality Bureau

The SWQB is seeking the opinion of area residents, governmental agencies, and other concerned parties on the study design
and any potential areas of concern that may not be addressed in the draft study plan.

Link to draft monitoring plan for our area

Posted 3/9/2017

TVAA Community Outreach Plan for 2017

As part of a new initiative to develop a post-Adjudication mission for the TVAA, during 2017
the Board plans to visit acequia communities on six major stream systems
in order to learn more about parciantes’ concerns, challenges, and needs.

Tentative Future Schedule
Río Grande del Rancho: Sunday, April 2, 2:00 PM, Llano Quemado Community Center
Río Fernando: Sunday, June 25, 2:00 PM, location TBA
Río Pueblo: Sunday, August 27, 2:0 PM, location TBA
Río Lucero: Sunday, October 15, 2:00 PM, location TBA
Río Hondo: Sunday, December 3, 2:00PM, location TBA

Cllick here for further information

Here are a few news reports of interest

Legislative Report on Water & Acequias
By Paula Garcia, New Mexico Acequia Association

Real work starts for Abeyta Settlement parties
By Meg Scherch Peterson
For The Taos News, 3/9/2017

Valle Vidal water heart of proposal
By Cody Hooks, chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 2/23/2017

Competing interests over Santa Fe River come to head once more
By Daniel J. Chacón
The New Mexican
2017 11:30 pm | Updated: 12:22 am, Tue Feb 7, 2017.

New Mexico Acequia Commission Meeting

Friday, March 24 at 10:15 a.m.
Yucca Room, NM State Archives and Records Center
1205 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 8750

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