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The hydrology group at New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources at NM Tech in Socorro would like to reach out to rural communities (Public and Private Supply) to participate in a Collaborative Groundwater Monitoring Network.  Their brochure is posted in a .jpg file at the bottom of this page.  For more information, please go to: or contact Aquifer Mapping Program Manager, Stacy Timmons, 575-835-6951 (



HB 174 POCKET VETOED!!!!  By Not signing the Bill! 

The NMACD legislative team and the New Mexico agriculture group tracked 42 House Bills and 41 Senate Bills during the session.  Click on the file at the bottom of this page to read the NMACD Final Legislative Report for 2017, a short updated report of bills in which Districts may be interested.



Contact: Whitney Forman-Cook
(202) 595-9139


DENVER, Feb. 3, 2017 – Brent Van Dyke, born and raised in Springer, New Mexico, was sworn in as the president of the National Association of Conservation Districts, one of America’s largest conservation groups, at the organization’s 71st Annual Meeting.

The NACD Board of Directors elected Van Dyke to lead the member organization at NACD’s 2016 Annual Meeting. Van Dyke served one year as president-elect, and starting now, will serve two years as president.

“Brent knows conservation – he comes from the farm and understands how important sustainable agriculture is to not only the American economy, but to people around the world,” NACD Immediate Past President Lee McDaniel said.

“Brent also understands that our work as the ‘Voice of Conservation’ includes engaging with our more non-traditional urban and tribal partners. He sees the need to broaden NACD’s base and intends to continue the policies established in my tenure to that do just that,” McDaniel continued.

Van Dyke and his wife Kim reside in Hobbs, New Mexico, where they run a commercial and registered cattle operation. The Van Dykes also raise irrigated alfalfa and coastal Bermuda hay in Lea County, New Mexico, and cotton in Plains, Texas.

Prior to assuming the presidency, Van Dyke served as vice president of the New Mexico Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts from 2006 to 2009. He also served as chair on the Lea County Soil and Water Conservation District’s board of supervisors.

Van Dyke is a retired teacher and FFA advisor that worked for the State Department’s USAID for more than 15 years as a contract advisor for agricultural projects in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. He was first elected to represent NACD’s Southwest Region on the executive board in 2011.

“NACD is proud to announce Brent Van Dyke is taking over as president of the organization,” NACD CEO Jeremy Peters said. “Brent has served this organization for many years and we look forward to working with him to advance voluntary, locally-led conservation nationwide in his newest capacity.”


    NMACD is proud to share with you the “Exciting News” that New Mexico will be receiving an additional $17,726,890 Million dollars through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) for 2017.

    Thanks to the efforts of the NMACD Board, staff and conservation districts this additional funding will help New Mexico farmers and ranchers put “conservation on the ground” to Grow More Food, Conserve Water, Improve Water Quality and Soil Health!  All of this work to improve watersheds also prevents catastrophic fires and improves wildlife habitat!

    New Mexico has received approval for the following 2017 projects:

Canadian River Watershed Restoration Project

New Mexico Range and Forest Soil Health Initiative

Building Resiliency in the San Juan-Rio Chama Region

New Mexico Acequia Revitalization on Historic Lands

North Central NM Watershed Restoration Project

Secretary Agriculture Tom Vilsack's press release and details regarding the above listed NM 2017 RCPPs is posted at the bottom of this page.


Jim & Brent Van Dyke, Jim Berlier, NMACD, along with Xavier Montoya, NRCS, attended the NACD                 Legislative Spring Fly-in, Washington DC, in March and briefed NM Congressional staffers on                       NM and NACD issues.

Brent, Senator Tom Udall, Jim & Xavier

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