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Arizona Navigable Stream Adjudication Commission (ANSAC)
1700 W. Washington St., Rm B-54
Phoenix, AZ 85007
ANSAC WEBSITE FOR HEARINGS & OTHER LEGAL MATTERS UPDATED, July 1, 2015
Important Dates and Changes
Gila River: On June 23, 2015 following more than 8 days of hearings and receipt of hundreds of pages of evidence plus oral arguments by the parties before the Commission, the Commission determination regarding the Gila River was non-navigable. The Upper Salt River and the Lower Salt River have been consolidated into a single case for hearing purposes. We are uncertain just how long the hearing regarding the consolidation of these two rivers will take, but the Gila River took nine days and the Verde River took twelve days to complete, and we were anticipating that the hearings on these two rivers would each take approximately ten days. However, consolidating the two cases may reduce the number of hearing days. When this hearing is held, like other hearings, the hearing dates may not be consecutive, and hearing days may be held in different locations due to the lack of availability of hearing room locations.
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.
- Wade Noble, Chair
- Jim Henness, Vice Chair
- Bill Allen, Member
- Jim Horton, Member
- George Mehnert, Director
- Fred Breedlove, Attorney