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EQIP Acequia Initiative

New Mexico EQIP Acequia Initiative

Acequias provide water to many small acreage and low income farmers in New Mexico.  There are hundreds of acequias in New Mexico.

This initiative is intended to provide technical and financial assistance to multiple individuals, working together under informal joint ventures, to help maintain their irrigation systems.  More specifically the initiative is intended to implement an irrigation delivery system benefitting multiple land owners.  In most cases this will be pipelines or concrete ditches.

It is intended for individuals receiving their water from a formal, legally organized acequia.  The individual farmers must work to develop a joint agreement, which becomes legally binding when an Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) contract is approved.  The participants need to work with Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) staff to develop a conservation plan.

This initiative is intended more for joint projects benefitting multiple land owners and not to implement conservation practices specific to each land owners property.  A separate application/contract would be needed to implement practices specific to an individual land owner.

For more information please contact your local NRCS Field Office or Mike Neubeiser (505) 761-4419 or Kenneth Branch (505) 761-4407.