Acequia Governance Project
The purpose of the Acequia Governance Project is to strengthen acequia governance through community education, technical assistance, and legal assistance.
The Acequia Governance Project is currently staffed with technical assistance providers on bylaws, water rights, acequia mapping, one-on-one consulting, and a subcontract for legal assistance. The NMAA manages this project through a Professional Services Contract with the Department of Finance and Administration, which has resulted in the development of an Acequia Governance Handbook, the adoption or update of over 400 sets of acequia bylaws, and the completion of over 100 acequia infrastructure capital improvement plans (ICIP).
Acequia Governance Handbook
The Acequia Governance Handbook is the result of a collective effort on the part of many acequia parciantes and supporters with expertise in acequias, water rights, and local governance. The themes identified as sections in the Handbook resulted from acequia meetings around New Mexico. Our acequia community meetings are participatory with everyone sharing some part of their knowledge about acequias. Since 2002, over seventy five regional meetings, workshops, and listening sessions were held in addition to hundreds of individual acequia meetings during which NMAA staff and volunteers learned and shared vital information about acequia governance. The current version of the Acequia Governance Handbook (revised in Spring 2014) contains some of the key areas that are of interest to parciantes based on the information shared at our many meetings; as well a new information gained through meetings and conversations with different state and federal agencies with respect to local government compliance acts such as the State Audit Act and the Open Meetings Act.