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Arizona Navigable Stream Adjudication Commission (ANSAC)
1700 W. Washington St., Rm B-54
Phoenix, AZ 85007
V: 602.542.9214
F: 602.542.9220
October 7, 2015
General Information

Current list of meetings planned are:

October 20- 23, 2015, Salt River hearing.

November 17-20, 2015, Salt River hearing.

December 15, 2015, Presentations by Parties and Decision by Commissioners concerning the navigability of the Verde River.

January 26-29, 2916, Salt River hearing.

February 23-26, 2016, Salt River hearing.

The official source for all ANSAC meetings and agendas is the Arizona Public Meeting Notices Website at Arizona ADOA.

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 have so far scheduled the dates listed above. Agendas are available on the Arizona Public Meeting Notices Website or by sending me an email and asking for a copy at


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.


  • Wade Noble, Chair
  • Jim Henness, Vice Chair
  • Bill Allen, Member
  • Jim Horton, Member


  • George Mehnert, Director
  • Fred Breedlove, Attorney
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