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Published on Jun 27, 2012
In 2003, two state laws were passed affecting acequias. One was the water transfer law, which gave acequia commissions the duty to regulate acequia water transfers. This law allows acequias to determine whether or not the transfer would be detrimental to the overall well being of the community and render a decision accordingly.
The other law that passed in 2003 was the water banking law, which allows acequias to set up a "water bank" in which parciantes can temporarily add their water rights to the Acequia's water bank. This law was enacted in order to prevent loss of acequia water rights from non-use.
These two topics were discussed in depth at this workshop. Attorney David Benavides, New Mexico Legal Aid, presented information about these laws and how they affect acequias.