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Acequia and Community Ditch Fund

a flow of water, or acequia, passing through trees.

The Acequia and Community Ditch Fund Act [73-2A-1 to 73-2A-3 NMSA 1978] (ACDF) is established to provide financial assistance for acequia and community ditch systems (73-2-27 NMSA 1978, Ditches to which applicable).  This assistance helps develop hydrological studies, acquire technical and legal research, and other services necessary to conserve and protect water.  The ACDF helps New Mexico’s future through the adjudication of water rights.

Acequia/ditch associations constituting a majority of acequias/ditches in adjudication or separately administered portion of an adjudication suit qualify for funding.  The adjudication must be on record with the Office of the State Engineer.  Additionally, the association must also be in good standing with the New Mexico Secretary of State.

Applications must be submitted to New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) for funding consideration. All successful applicants are required to adhere to procurement and administrative procedures established by New Mexico State University/NMDA. These procedures ensure that funding assistance is expended in accordance with state law.

Agricultural Programs & Resources Division
Tel:  (575) 646-1091
Fax: (575) 646-1540 
Box 30005/MSC APR
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8005