Water Rights Goes Before MVIDD Board Today

Published by The Bee News

May 1, 2018

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MOHAVE VALLEY–The hot topic of water rights transfer in the lower valley will go before the Mohave Valley Irrigation District board of director’s today.

The meeting will include discussion of the proposed application of parcel land transfer to the Central Arizona Water Conversation District, who is looking to purchase seven farms within Mohave Valley and subsequently transfer the rights of water to the Phoenix and Tucson regions.

However, the transfer has been meet with opposition over the past eight months thanks in part to Mohave County Board of Supervisor District 5 Supervisor Lois Wakimoto.

Wakimoto has held numerous town hall meetings to hear–and voice–concerns of the possibility of Mohave County losing a portion of their water rights to Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties.

“We will become a dust bowl,” Wakimoto told the Arizona Republic in February. “We are just beginning to experience growth and don’t believe that if the ground is fallow that the water should be up for grabs,” she said.

In March, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors approved $250,000 to purchase 15 acres in the county in the case the transfer of water rights was approved by the MVIDD board.

The public meeting is slated to begin at 4 p.m. at the Mohave Valley Fire Department at 1451 Willow Drive in Mohave Valley.

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