Time is ticking for water rights holders

A local water rights group is encouraging anyone with a senior water right to pay close attention to their mailbox, according to a release from the Association of Gallatin Agricultural Irrigators, or AGAI.

“You must be involved in the process to protect your water right,” AGAI organizers said.

In case right holders are not aware, the entire state is going through adjudication, a process of litigating all water rights that were put to use before 1973, according to the state. What AGAI wants is to ensure everyone with a pre-1973 water right recognizes and understands their water right could be affected, association officials said.

“The water adjudication laws are set up in a way that requires water right claimants to object to each other,” AGAI officials said in a release. “It is important to remember that water rights are a property right and all water right claimants have the right

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