Water Monitoring Guide for Native Producers



The Water Monitoring Guide for Native Producers provides helpful guidelines, recommendations, and resources to Southwest Native farmers and ranchers seeking to effectively monitor and manage water resources for agricultural production.

Made possible with generous support by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Services (USDA-NRCS) and the Hearst Foundation, the guide highlights the experiences of two Southwest tribes: the Pueblo of Jemez in north-central New Mexico and the White Mountain Apache Tribe in east-central Arizona, including development of their support systems and best practices for Native producers and their water monitoring and water management practices. The guide also provides background information and local data to support Native farmers and ranchers in learning and understanding local water systems, including the hydrologic cycle, watershed components and processes, surface and groundwater sources, and other information central to developing sustainable water management strategies and best practices.

Overall, the guide aims to support Native farmers and ranchers and local communities in their continued practice of foundational values and principles of tribal water stewardship and protection that have sustained Native communities for millennia.