Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association

The Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association (SdCAA) is a 501(c)3 organization representing over 73 acequias, which in turn support approximately 300 families. Our office is located in the town of San Luis, Colorado.

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Judy Lopez, Colorado Open Lands - 719-580-5300
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February 24, 2020, San Luis, CO

GO TO: Annual Congreso de Acequias Info

Conservation Services (NRCS) and their Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). This program will utilize conservation practices through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The program will provide financial assistance to facilitate adoption of conservation practices for Acequia farmers within the Culebra Watershed in Costilla County. For consideration in this early funding opportunity, applications must be submitted by April 10, 2020. RCPP-EQIP applications are available at your local NRCS Office in San Luis, CO. To be eligible for this unique opportunity you must irrigate from a recognized acequia and meet all EQIP program eligibility requirements.

The EQIP program is a voluntary program that offers financial and technical assistance to eligible agricultural producers to facilitate adoption and improvement of natural resource management to increase private land resources and long-term sustainability. The program offers financial incentives to adopt conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, and related resources.

Projects to be considered for this early funding cycle include:

  • Irrigation System Improvements: Gated Pipe, Headgates, Land Leveling and Basic Irrigation Water Management implementation.
  • Grazing System Improvements: Cross Fencing, Solar stock tanks with wells and Prescribed Grazing implementation.
  • High Tunnel: High Tunnel Systems for crops to assist producers in extending the growing season for high value crops and increase local food production.

Interested participants must meet the specific funding pool required criteria to be considered for funding in this funding cycle. To be considered in this FY2020 funding cycle, applications must be received in the San Luis NRCS office prior to the cut-off date of March 31, 2020.

Colorado Open Lands will also be offering owner cost share assistance, be sure to sign up early to take part in this special funding option.

To determine if your application is eligible for this select fund pool and for additional information about applications contact Judy Lopez, Colorado Open Lands RCPP Project Manager at 719-580-5300 or NRCS
office staff at 719-672-3673.

GO TO: Annual Congreso de Acequias Info

Landowners Workshop:


  • Quintana and Salazar water cases
  • Accoutability of water to Sanchez
  • Understanding the difference between a mutual ditch and acequia opperations

Come join and get informed.

Snacks will be provided