Water Administration Office


The Water Administration Department

would like to say thank you to President Obama and Vice-President Biden and their beautiful families!  Thank you for all your support during your presidency to Taos Pueblo and our office.


Happy Holidays!


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Received Christmas card 12/21/2016 Taos Pueblo Water Administration Department


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 Received Christmas Card from Biden Family on Dec. 29, 2016




The Water Administration Office is charged with the responsibility of securing a legal quantification of the Taos Pueblo’s water rights in the New Mexico v. Abeyta water rights case through a negotiated settlement. On Oct. 7, 2016 the WAO secured the fulfillment of this responsibility with the publication of a formal notice in the Federal Register that the Settlement was final, binding and enforceable.

The issuance of the notice, ahead of the projected March 31, 2017 date, put the Water Administration Office on a path that requires a reorganization of the Water Administration Office that will enable the Pueblo to effectively implement the Settlement and also to work towards a transition of staff that will be charged with continuing the implementation of the Settlement in accordance with the Settlement Agreement and Settlement Act into the future.  The transition to Settlement implementation from Settlement negotiations does not mean there is less work; in fact, implementing the Settlement means the more extensive and intensive work begins, according to those involved and knowledgeable about water settlements.


Nelson J. Cordova, Director

Gilbert Suazo Sr., Water Resources Manager

Micheleigh Lujan, Office Manager

Paul Martinez, Water Resources Monitor


Buffalo Pasture Recharge Ditch Crew

Samuel Gomez, Field Supervisor

Alfred Montoya, Crew Foreman
Shuldan Lujan, Crew Member/Sawyer
Querino Montoya, Crew Member/Sawyer
James Montoya, Crew Member
Santiago Martinez


   Captured 2008 07 30 00052 2Vision Statement

       The present and future generations of Taos Pueblo tribal members shall have abundant water resources in the future to sustain their way of life and to develop their     homeland for the well–being of all its members

Tiwa Babies

Promoting optimum child health & development & honor traditions & values. Nurturing families in ways that honor values & promote optimum health.

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“We care for our elders. We treat them with respect, honor & dignity, because our wisdom comes from them. I have learned so much from them; day & night.” ~LR

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High above our Taos Pueblo is a sacred lake, Ba whyea-Blue Lake. The People of Taos Pueblo have occupied these areas since time immemorial.

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