Deadline approaches for Nevada water right holders

Homestead documents can be used to prove Nevada water rights
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February 21, 2024 — The Nevada Division of Water Resources (NDWR) announced in its Water Rights Surveyor NewsletterOpens in a new tab. that pre-statutory water right claimants must submit a Proof of Appropriation to the State Engineer on or before December 31, 2027 (NRS 533.087). The claim is deemed abandoned if a claimant fails to submit such proof.

The claimant must provide supporting documentation to validate the claim. Examples include homestead entry documentation, General Land Office records, Nevada State Land Patents, deeds, county tax rolls, income tax documents, branding records, affidavits, and published historical accounts.

Pre-statutory vested water rights are those with a beneficial use occurring prior to:

  • March 1, 1905, for All Surface Sources;
  • March 22, 1913, for Underground Artesian Waters; and
  • March 25, 1939, for Underground Percolating Water.

The right could be lost if a claim to prove a vested right is not filed by December 31st, 2027.

“Proof of Appropriation” forms are available for (1) domestic, (2) irrigation, (3) municipal and quasi-municipal, (4) stockwater, and (5) commercial, mining, industrial and other uses. A licensed water right surveyor can assist those needing help.

Where to get the forms and help:

  • Visit the NDWR websiteOpens in a new tab. (Forms tab, Water Right tab) for the new forms.
  • Call NDWR at (775) 684-2800 and ask to speak to the adjudications (claims) team.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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Richard Alexander
Richard Alexander
February 21, 2024 12:12 pm
Why is Nevada wanting to steal residents water rights ? Is this now California ?
March 26, 2024 1:23 pm
So they can sale them to upstream users for big money

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