The Rio Grande Pueblo Irrigation Infrastructure Improvement Project was authorized by Section 9106 of P.L. 111-11, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. Congress directed Reclamation to conduct a study and develop a list of recommended projects to repair, rehabilitate, or reconstruct irrigation and drainage facilities for the New Mexico Rio Grande Pueblos, in consultation with the Pueblos and in coordination with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Improvements to existing irrigation and drainage facilities on Pueblo lands in the Rio Grande Basin in New Mexico are eligible for funding. Project funding may not be used for on-farm improvements or repair, rehabilitation or reconstruction of any major impoundment structure, or operations and maintenance costs.
The intended benefits of the project are: water conservation, addressing potential water supply conflicts in the Rio Grande Basin through extending available water supplies and enhanced water management, increased agricultural productivity, economic benefits, safer facilities, and preservation of the culture of Indian Pueblos in New Mexico. No funding has been appropriated for this project to date. Therefore, Reclamation is unable to initiate the study at this time.