Resources & Assistance Available through NMACD

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2014/2015 New Mexico Acequia Rehabilitation Regional Conservation Partnership Program (NMAR-RCPP) 


  • Partnership Program amongst Interstate Stream Commission, New Mexico Acequia Association, Taos SWCD, East Rio Arriba SWCD, Upper Chama SWCD, Tierra Y Montes SWCD, Socorro SWCD, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rio Arriba County Commissioners and New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts (NMACD)


  • Resulted from legislation enacted through the 2014 Farm Bill
  • Only "pilot" project selected in 2014/2015 program year in the entire nation utilizing the alternative funding arrangement provided for in the enacting legislation
  • NMACD receives financial and technical funding directly from NRCS to develop and implement program
  • NMACD along with partners are responsible for implementing program throughout the state
  • An application and ranking process has been developed as part of the program requirements
  • Any of the partners can take an application but all applications are processed through NMACD
  • NMACD will establish an application deadline and rank applications.
  • The highest ranking applications will be offered financial assistance and NMACD will provide technical assistance throughout the planning and implementation process
  • Note: those acequias that are "shovel ready" will rank the highest meaning that engineering designs are completed and reviewed by NRCS.
  • Planning assistance can be requested to prepare acequias to eventually rank high enough to receive financial assistance
  • NMACD will assign a planner to the acequia in assisting with the planning process and eventually the implementation of the project
  • For more information contact Norman Vigil at or by phone at 575-684-0042 or 505-967-8760; P.O. Box 623, Canjilon, NM 87515
  • Final note: applications can be submitted at any time.