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EQIP Acequia Initiative

New Mexico 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 individuals, or a group of individuals working together under formal or informal joint ventures, to help maintain their irrigation systems. More specifically the initiative is intended to implement an irrigation delivery system benefiting individual or multiple land owners.  In most cases this will be (but not limited to) water control structures, pipelines or concrete ditches.

Assistance under the Acequia Initiative is limited to producers receiving their water from a formal, legally organized acequia.  The participants need to work with Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) staff to develop a conservation plan.

Priority for this Initiative will be given to projects addressing multiple resource concerns benefiting multiple land owners. A separate application/contract would be needed to implement practices specific to an individual land owner.

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For more information please contact your local USDA Service Center.

Kristin Graham Chavez
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
(505) 761-4404

Kenneth J. Branch
Resource Conservationist for Programs
(505) 761-4454 voice