Acequia Dispute Resolution Program

The SdCAA serves as mediating body for disputes between acequias (there are 73) and between individual water users. The all-volunteer board, which includes one member trained in conflict resolution, other acequia farmers, and respected community members, is typically approached by three to five different parties during each irrigation season. If this entity did not provide this service, these disputes could erode the fabric of these tight-knit agricultural communities.