ANSAC WEBSITE FOR HEARINGS & OTHER LEGAL MATTERS UPDATED March 31, 2014. IMPORTANT DATES/MEETING DATES
Scheduled Commission Hearings and Meetings: April 24, 2014. The next scheduled ANSAC meeting will be a hearing on the Upper Salt River to be held on April 24, 2014 at 9:00 a.m., in the Gila County Supervisor Conference Room,1400 E. Ash Street, Globe, Arizona 85501. This hearing will begin in Globe, Arizona, but will be completed in Phoenix at a future date to be established. April 25, 2014 at 9:00 a.m., a scheduling conference will be held in Phoenix, Arizona at 1700 W. Washington, Street, Grand Canyon Room, Phoenix, Arizona beginning at 9:00 a.m. May 1, 2014 a hearing will be held in Prescott, Arizona beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Yavapai County Supervisor Conference Room, 1015 Fair Street, Prescott, Arizona, 86305. This hearing will begin in Prescott, Arizona but will be completed in Phoenix at a future date to be established. 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 San Pedro, Santa Cruz, Upper Salt, Gila, Verde, and Lower Salt Rivers. Remaining evidence due dates are: 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 any time prior to and at the hearings per A.R.S. § 37-1123(C). Actual hearing dates will be scheduled and noticed at a later time.
The hearing dates scheduled thus far appear above. NOTE: The testimony for the Santa Cruz River hearing concluded March 28, 2014, however, the Chair extended the Santa Cruz River evidence due date til 12:00 p.m. April 15, 2014
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