CESOSS, along with the South Valley Regional Association of Acequias (SVRAA), continues to work with community members in declaring and protecting water rights and assisting in protests of water rights transfers when they pose a negative impact to our community.
Many South Valley residents possess a precious and valuable resource - water right(s). A water right refers to “the right to water from a specific water source to be used at a specific location and for a specific beneficial purpose.”
To date, there are many residents who either lack knowledge that their properties possess water rights and/or if they do have knowledge of water rights, they are unsure of how to navigate the process of declaring potential water rights.
Due to continued drought and pressure from major developments, the preservation and protection of water rights has become a crucial issue in the South Valley. The need to further engage our community in these discussions has become vital because water resources continue to face major local, national, and global challenges.