New Mexico Pueblos Irrigation Infrastructure Improvement Project

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.

Pueblo Partners
Acoma Cochiti Isleta Jemez Laguna Nambe
Ohkay Owingeh Picuris Pojoaque San Felipe San Ildefonso Sandia
Santa Ana Santa Clara Santo Domingo Tesuque Taos Zia
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Project types that could be funded:

photo: Inlet to Baca Lateral
Inlet to Baca Lateral
photo: Baca Lateral downstream of a farm turnout
       with broad-crested measuring weir flume
Baca Lateral downstream of a farm turnout
with broad-crested measuring weir flume

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Project Information


Related Information


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Project types that could be funded:

photo: Baca Lateral side of outlet into the East Main Canal
Baca Lateral side of outlet into the
East Main Canal
photo: Water flowing in the East Main Canal past the constructed outlet works
Water flowing in the East Main Canal past
the constructed outlet works

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Forms

Resources


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Project types that could be funded:

photo: Construction of outlet works from Baca Lateral into East Main Canal
Construction of outlet works from Baca
Lateral into East Main Canal
photo: Typical on-farm turnout structure
Typical on-farm turnout structure

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Reports

 Pueblo Irrigation Facilities Rehabilitation Report   (2004)    [PDF] 51 KB
 Pueblo Irrigation Facilities Rehabilitation Draft Report   (1999)   [PDF] 11.3 MB
 Appendix A 5.4 MB
 Appendix B 2.7 MB
 Appendix C 296 KB
 Appendix D 285 KB
 Appendix E 374 KB
 Appendix F 409 KB
 Appendix G 1.4 MB
 Appendix H 4.0 MB
 Appendix I 6.8 MB

2010 Meetings with Pueblos

Meeting Information


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Project types that could be funded:

photo: Inlet from Cochiti East Main Canal to Baca Lateral
Inlet from Cochiti East Main Canal to
Baca Lateral
photo: Completed outlet works - water returning from Baca Lateral to East Main Canal
Completed outlet works - water returning from
Baca Lateral to East Main Canal

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123 STAT. 1304 PUBLIC LAW 111–11—MAR. 30, 2009

(2) USE OF EXISTING INFORMATION.—In preparing any studies relating to the Project, the Secretary shall, to the maximum extent practicable, use existing studies, including engineering and resource information provided by, or at the direction of—

(A) Federal, State, or local agencies; and

(B) the District.

(3) REIMBURSEMENT REQUIREMENT.—

(A) AMOUNT.—The Secretary shall recover from the District as reimbursable expenses the lesser of—

(i) the amount equal to 35 percent of the cost of the Project; or

(ii) $2,900,000.

(B) MANNER.—The Secretary shall recover reimbursable expenses under subparagraph (A)—

(i) in a manner agreed to by the Secretary and the District;

(ii) over a period of 15 years; and

(iii) with no interest.

(C) CREDIT.—In determining the exact amount of reimbursable expenses to be recovered from the District, the Secretary shall credit the District for any amounts it paid before the date of enactment of this Act for engineering work and improvements directly associated with the Project.

(4) PROHIBITION ON OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE COSTS.— The District shall be responsible for the operation and maintenance of any facility constructed or rehabilitated under this section...

For the complete Authorizing Legislation, click here.

Federal Contacts


photo: Federal Contacts

Last Updated: 5/4/17