Acequia New Year’s Resolution: Become a Member of the NM Acequia Association!

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Acequia Madre de San Jose de la Cienega still flowing in the winter -Photo taken by Marty Vigil

As 2017 comes to a close, acequias can reflect on a fulfilling and challenging year! We enjoyed Summer rains and a bountiful harvest, only to be followed by an unseasonably dry Fall. With the ups and downs of the seasons, we continue our diligence in planning for the future while we hope for a good snowpack and Spring runoff. The NMAA continued the vital work of protecting acequia water rights and revitalizing our land-based economy. As we look to the coming year, we are asking for your support to continue our mission of protecting acequias through education, organizing, and advocacy.

Join the NMAA and together we can protect our acequias!

NMAA is a unique organization that honors our ancient legacy of water governance while also working to adapt for the future. For nearly 30 years, NMAA has been responding to challenges through communication, training, and education for acequias. Together we have built a movement around the principle that Water is Life, El Agua es Vida, and that we are defenders of the precious waters that nurture our communities.

NMAA is a membership based organization that depends on your support to continue our vital work! For the NMAA, 2017 was a time of centering on key priorities of protecting acequia water rights and creating a new generation of acequia farmers.

  • The NMAA assisted 333 acequias with assistance on governance and held over 20 workshops, acequia meetings, and events with 1,116 participants.
  • We also launched Los Sembradores Farmer Training Program and completed our first class of apprenticeships!

Our impact resulted in stronger local governance with better agricultural use and protection of acequia water rights.  During 2018, we will build on this success and continue to be a force for change in New Mexico by defending water, training community leaders, and building a new generation of acequia farmers!

Please join the NMAA or renew your membership on our website,, or by calling our office at 505-995-9644. Thank you for all you do to keep our acequias vibrant and beautiful!!

Que Vivan las Acequias!


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