ANSAC WEBSITE FOR HEARINGS & OTHER LEGAL MATTERS UPDATED February 25, 2014. IMPORTANT DATES
The next scheduled ANSAC meeting will be a hearing on the Santa Cruz River to be held on March 28, 2014 at 9:00 a.m., 400 West Congress, Rm 222, Tucson, AZ 85701. REMAND CASE REMAND CASE EVIDENCE DUE DATES: Pursuant to A.R.S. § 37-1101, et. seq., the Arizona Navigable Stream Adjudication Commission (ANSAC) is planning to hold watercourse navigability hearings on the four watercourses listed below. Together with each named watercourse is the evidence due date for that watercourse: Gila River, 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Upper Salt River, 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Verde River, 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Lower Salt River, 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Additional evidence may be submitted at the hearings per A.R.S. § 37-1123(C). Actual hearing dates will be scheduled and noticed at a later time.
The actual hearing dates will be scheduled and noticed at a later time, at least 30 days prior to each respective hearing.
NOTICE TO READERS
ANSAC does NOT deal with Water Rights, Water Use, Water Ownership, or Water Diversion Issues and Deals only with Matters Relating to Land Title to the Beds of Arizona's 39,039 Rivers and Streams.
Normal Business Hours are 8:00-5:00. When we are away from the office we try always to forward the office phone to a phone number that will be answered and that is also a message phone.
We ask that you make an appointment to visit the office to review evidence for two reasons. 1. So we can have the boxes you will need ready and 2. So two parties who want to review the same evidence but who are on opposite sides of the issue do not drop in at the same time. This has occurred a few times.
Once ANSAC's work is done it will Sunset or go out of business. The present Sunset Date is June 30, 2016, however, the Commission expects to complete its work before that date.
PURPOSE: To help clear more than 100,00 clouded Arizona property titles to the land beneath Arizona's 39,039 rivers and streams. As mentioned earlier, ANSAC's work pertains only to land beneath rivers and streams and not to water issues such as ownership, use, or diversion of water. There are many existing laws and agencies that deal with water ownership and use matters. Only the Colorado River is excluded from the ANSAC process, the bed of which is already owned by the government.
HOW: By gathering evidence, including engineering studies, and holding evidentiary navigability hearings on all of Arizona's 39,039 watercourses and in each of Arizona's 15 counties to determine which watercourses were navigable and which were non-navigable at time of statehood February 14, 1912.
If a Watercourse was NAVIGABLE at statehood then the bed/the land beneath the watercourse is subject to government ownership. It is subject to being owned by the State.
If a Watercourse was NON-NAVIGABLE at statehood then the bed/the land beneath the watercourse is subject to private ownership by the party whose land it crosses.
EXAMPLE of a streambed owned by the government: If you own a cabin and a piece of property in Northern Arizona, as many citizens do, and a stream that crosses your property is determined to be Navigable then the Government/the State and not you will own the bed, and title to, the land beneath the stream while you will still own the property on either side of the stream. This may be true even if your relatives obtained the property decades ago through the process of Homestead.
- Jim Henness, Vice Chair
- Wade Noble, Chair
- Jim Horton, Member
- Vacant, Member DECEASED MEMBERS AND STAFF: ***Jay Brashear, Member , Deceased September 15, 2007 ***Dolly Echeverria, Vice Chair Deceased July 1, 2010 ***Earl Eisenhower, Chair, Deceased September 27, 2012 ***Cecil Miller, Member Deceased, October 22, 2013 ***Curtis Jennings, Attorney, Deceased, October 15, 2011
- George Mehnert, Director, Legal Assistant, Research Analyst
- Research Assistant-Vacant
- Fred Breedlove, Squire Sanders, Attorney