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


Executive Board Meeting
Tuesday June 19, 2018, 5:00 P.M. 
Taos County Agricultural Center Conference Room


Here are a few news reports of interest

My Turn
TSV needs to consider downstream neighbors in Rio Hondo restoration
Commission, Acequia de San Antonio, Valdez and Sylvia Rodriguez, Santa Fe
The Taos News. 6/7/2018

Drought challenges Northern New Mexico farmers
By Andy Stiny | astiny@sfnewmexican.com
The Santa Fe New Mexican, May 26, 2018

My Turn
Taos Ski Valley CEO spells out Rio Hondo restoration work
by Dave Norden
The Taos News. 5/24/2018

Ranchos-area water district gets $50K for planning in Taos Valley
By Cody Hooks, chooks@taosnews.com
The Taos News, 5/17/2018

The Blessing Way
San Isídro and the blessing of fields in Taos

By David Fernández de Taos
The Taos News, 5/10/2018

Where Development and Acequias Meet in Taos
By Miguel Santistevan
Green Fire Times, 5/8/2018

Keeping A Unique Water Tradition Alive In Southern Colorado’s Acequias
By Luke Runyon
KUNC, May 8, 2018

La limpia de las Acequias – El Trabajo de Todos
By Alejandro Lopez
Green Fire Tmes, 5/7/2018

New Mexico Acequia Commission Meeting

Friday, June 8, 2018, 10:00 A.M.
Old Senate Chambers (Red Room – Room 238)
Bataan Memorial Building, corner of Don Gaspar and South Capitol Streets

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