Infrastructure Planning Workshop – June 30th, 2011

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A workshop will be held this Thursday, June 30th, 2011
1:00pm to 4:00pm
State Records Center and Archives
(in the Piñon Room – upstairs)
1209 Camino Carlos Rey (off Cerrillos Road)
Santa Fe, NM

For a copy of the agenda click here.




Workshop Overview 


1:15 – 2:00pm  

The Importance of Acequia Leadership in Successful Projects

The purpose of this panel is to highlight the role of acequia officials in successful planning and implementation of acequia construction projects.  Acequia commissioners will share lessons learned about challenges they overcame with regard to funding, coordination with state and federal agencies, working with contractors to complete projects that improve water availability for their local acequias.  Other challenges include easement issues, particularly with regard to the US Forest Service.

2:00 – 2:45pm

Design and Construction of Acequia Projects:  Getting Technical and Financial Support in Times of Budget Constraints

 The purpose of this panel is to provide an overview of support from the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission Acequia Program and the NRCS Acequia Program for design and construction of acequia projects.  Agency officials will give advice on making the best use of limited resources available for acequias.  Other technical experts will share ideas for low-cost alternatives to acequia rehabilitation.




3:00 – 3:45pm 

Planning Tools for Acequias  

 This panel will include information from NMAA staff about Acequia Restoration Plans, a method for mapping acequias and involving local acequias in an assessment of their infrastructure.  These mapping projects are a valuable way to involve acequia members in the planning process and for prioritizing infrastructure needs.   The panel will also include an overview of the process to complete an Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan with the State of New Mexico.   ICIPs are useful tools for outlining infrastructure needs, timelines, and funding options.