Jornada Research Officers, Research Associates and Members are working closing with the Tularosa Arts and History Council (TAHC) in evaluating the need to update the Tularosa Historic District National Register Nomination and to prepare a nomination for the Tularosa community acequia system. The Historic District was listed in 1979 and could benefit from updating the listing and possibly expanding the district boundaries. JRI affiliates David Greenwald, Gerry Raymond and Phil Esser have been working closely with TAHC under the oversight of Jennifer Gruger of TAHC. Efforts have been made to include the Village of Tularosa and Tularosa Water User’s Association as collaborating parties in this endeavor. Tularosa River water rights were adjudicated in 1912 and that case essentially resulted in the replacement of the “community irrigation ditch system,” which had its origins under Spanish/Mexican water law, with a centralized state authority, the New Mexico State Engineer. The enduring dispute regarding the community of Tularosa and Tularosa Creek water during the latter part of the 19thcentury and early 20thcentury shaped the management of community irrigation systems following law suits, decrees, reversals, and new laws that were generated as the newly formed member of these United States attempted to set parameters regarding water use and who had oversight authority. The final decree regarding Tularosa water rights largely set precedence for water management within communities around the state.