Taos Regional Water Plan

          Abeyta Water Rights Adjuducation

          New Mexico State Wate Plan

Taos Regional  Water Plan

A copy of the Taos Regional Water Plan (2016 Update) is available at the State Engineer's  web site.  We have downloaded a copy of the Executive Summary (pdf fomat) that is available here.

Please submit any comments to
County Attorney Adam Baker
105 Albright Street, Suite A
Taos, NM 87571
Ph: (575) 737-6307
Fax: (575) 737-6314
or by e-mail to:

The media have reported progress of the Taos Regional Water Plan:

Taos Regional Water Plan update , By Meg Scherch Peterson, For The Taos News, 1/14/2016

Regional water plan finally approved, By Andy Dennison, The Taos News, July 17,2008

EDITORIAL: Plan’s protracted, contentious wave now water under bridge, The Taos News, July 17,2008

Taos Regional Water Plan Hijacked by the Powers That Be Editorial: By Kay Matthews, La Jicarita News, March 2008

Meandering progress for water plan,  By Andy Dennison, The Taos News, 3/13/2008

Water Issue Updates; Taos Regional Water Plan, Acequias and Assorted Claims, By Bill Whaley,Horse Fly, January 18, 2008


New Mexico Water Settlements Pass U.S. House

Today (1/21/2010), two water settlements sponsored by
Rep. Ben Ray LujŠn -- the Taos Pueblo Indian Water Rights
Settlement Act of 2009 (H.R. 3254) and the Aamodt Litigation
Settlement Act of 2009 (H.R. 3342) -- passed the
U.S. House of Representatives.
The bills resolve long-standing water cases in New Mexico.

Testimony provided the United States House of Representatives
Subcommittee on Water and Power

by Palamon Martinez, President
Taos Valley Acequia Association
September 9, 2009

"This Settlement Agreement (
ABEYTA WATER RIGHTS ADJUDICATION) . . . among the United States of America, as trustee for the Pueblo of Taos (“United States”); the Pueblo of Taos, on its own behalf (“Pueblo”); the State of New Mexico (“State”); the Taos Valley Acequia Association (“TVAA”), on its own behalf and its fifty-five (55) member Acequias on their own behalves; the Town of Taos (“Town”); the El Prado Water and Sanitation District (“EPWSD”); and the twelve (12) Taos Area Mutual Domestic Water Consumers’ Associations, on their own behalves and on behalf of their members (“MDWCAs”)"

Legislation intended to implement the Abeyta agreement has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Jeff Bingaman & Tom Udall

The Office of the State Engineer (OSE) maintains this record of the Taos/Hondo adjudication.

Press coverage:
Abeyta parties push off management decision
By Cody Hooks,
The Taos News, posted May 3, 2018 

Water rights protest
Staff report
The Taos News, 12/21/2017

Aamodt meetings spark anger, frustration
By Tripp Stelnicki |
The New Mexican,
Aug 17, 2017

More meetings on Aamodt case, roads dispute in northern Santa Fe County
By T. S. Last / Journal Staff Writer
Albuquerque Journal. August 16th, 2017

Post-Aamodt water rights
Fears of being left high and dry

By Tripp Stelnicki
The New Mexican, Aug 13, 2017

Taos County takes water rights protest to court
By Cody Hooks,
The Taos News, 8/3/2017

Costilla water rights transfer green-lighted by state
By Cody Hooks,
The Taos News, 7/20/2017

Aamodt case adjourned
By Tripp Stelnicki, The New Mexican
The Taos News, 7/20/2017

Tensions rise over Abeyta Water Rights Settlement mitigation wells
By Jesse Moya,
The Taos News, 5/4/2017

Acequias, well owners look at ways to move forward as a settlement in Taos Pueblo water rights claims takes effect
By Meg Scherch Peterson
The Taos News, April 9, 2017

Commissioners and mayordomos grapple with maintenance of acequias in Taos
By Cody Hooks
The Taos News, 4/8/2017

Acequias need action, not talk
The Taos News, 4/6/2017

My Turn
Acequia parciantes must voice opinions on Abeyta Settlement projects
by Leo Valencia Jr.
The Taos News, March 25, 2017

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

Taos, Santa Fe residents protest Top of the World water rights transfer
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 8/6/2015

Top of the World transfer spurs worries, plans
By Cody Hooks
The Taos News, 7/2/2015

So what did Taos get from the special legislative session?
By Andrew Oxford
The Taos News, 6/11/2015

My Turn
On the larger issues of water
Kay Mat thews
The Taos News, 4/23/2015

Taos County protests controversial water rights transfer
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 4/23/2015

Settlement water rights a liquid asset
Why Taos Pueblo passed on offer to avoid controversial water transfer

By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 4/16/2015

Farm transfer a paper-water loss, but a wet-water gain
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 4/9/2015

Questa agrees to pay up to $318K for water rights
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 4/2/2015

Transfer would move ag water to Santa Fe County
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 3/26/2015

My Turn
It’s all about the water
Suzanne Wollter
The Taos News, 2/19/2015

County drops protest of Abeyta-related water transfer
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 2/19/2015

My Turn
Who speaks for the water
Chris Pieper
The Taos News, 8/28/2014

State: Abeyta pact will curb future well pumping
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 6/26/2014

County reshapes water advisory board
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 5/29/2014

El Prado, state quarrel over water rights deal
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 4/17/2014

Laymen objectors enter debate over Abeyta pact
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 12/12/2013

Future growth key in Abeyta water disputes
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 10/17/2013

My Turn
On the Abeyta Water Settlement
Tom Blankenhorn
The Taos News, 10/10/2013

Abeyta parties make case for approving settlement
By J. R. Logan
The Taos News, 9/21/2013

My Turn
Irrigators with water rights will not be hurt
Lawrence A. Ortega
The Taos News, 9/12/2013

Critics voice opposition to transfer of Taos-area water rights
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, September 3, 2013 12:15 am

The Public Weighs in on Proposal to Move Questa Acequia Rights to the Taos Valley

Abeyta transfer would shuffle acequia water rights south
By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 8/8/2013

Water 101: Abeyta Settlement explained
A detailed look at $150M agreement

By J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 7/26/2012

‘Historic’ water pact signings in Taos
By Matthew van Buren and J.R. Logan
The Taos News, 7/19/2012

Historic Taos Area Water Settlement Agreement Signed
by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

Town of Taos News Release

With settlement inked, Taos water swap to begin
By J.R. Logan, The Taos News, July 5, 2012

Taos County files protest over Abeyta water transfers
By J.R. LoganThe Taos News, March 1, 2012

Abeyta pact draws critics as water transfers take shape
By J.R. Logan, The Taos News, July 21, 2011

Sens. Bingaman, Udall introduce Abeyta settlement legislation
By Andy Dennison, The Taos News; May 7, 2009
N.M. delegation pushes for settlements; president promises veto
By Staci Matlock, The New Mexican, September 24, 2008

New Mexico State Water Plan (2003)

"This State Water Plan, prepared at the direction of Governor Bill Richardson in response to a mandate from the 2003 Legislature, is a blueprint to move the State forward into the 21st century with 21st century techniques and technology applied to conserve and to
increase the supply of water."