CONFUSION WHERE GROUND AND SURFACE WATERS MEET: GILA RIVER GENERAL ADJUDICATION, ARIZONA AND THE SEARCH FOR SUBFLOW

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Title:
CONFUSION WHERE GROUND AND SURFACE WATERS MEET: GILA RIVER GENERAL ADJUDICATION, ARIZONA AND THE SEARCH FOR SUBFLOW
Author:
Sobczak, Robert V.; Maddock, Thomas, III
Affiliation:
Department of Hydrology & Water Resources, The University of Arizona
Publisher:
Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Issue Date:
1994-10
Rights:
Copyright © Arizona Board of Regents
Collection Information:
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Abstract:
Arizona is presently in the midst of a general adjudication for the Gila River system -- the watershed which comprises the southern two- thirds of the state. The purpose of the adjudication is to prioritize all water claims in the river system: both state -established and federally reserved rights. Arizona adheres to a bifurcated (or divided) system of water law which only recognizes a component of ground water -- called subflow -- to be appropriable. Wells which pump non-appropriable water -- called tributary flow -- are not to be included in the adjudication. The problem is that federal laws do not recognize this artificial bifurcation. The challenge lies in identifying a subflow zone which satisfies the hydrologic fiction of existing state precedents and the hydrologic reality of federal statutes. At the core of the problem lies the fate of Arizona's perennial stream water and the fulfillment of federally reserved tribal water rights. Thus, larger questions loom: can Arizona law reconcile its glutinous past with a water -scarce future, will the adjudication ever reach a finality, and even if it does, will it be a finality that all sides can live with?
Keywords:
Gila River (N.M. and Ariz.) -- Water rights.; Gila River Watershed (N.M. and Ariz.); Groundwater flow -- Arizona.; Streamflow -- Arizona.; Water rights -- Arizona.; Groundwater -- Arizona; Indians of North America -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Arizona
Series/Report no.:
Technical Reports on Hydrology and Water Resources, No. 94-030

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dc.contributor.authorSobczak, Robert V.en
dc.contributor.authorMaddock, Thomas, IIIen
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-27T23:04:59Z-
dc.date.available2016-07-27T23:04:59Z-
dc.date.issued1994-10-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/617631-
dc.description.abstractArizona is presently in the midst of a general adjudication for the Gila River system -- the watershed which comprises the southern two- thirds of the state. The purpose of the adjudication is to prioritize all water claims in the river system: both state -established and federally reserved rights. Arizona adheres to a bifurcated (or divided) system of water law which only recognizes a component of ground water -- called subflow -- to be appropriable. Wells which pump non-appropriable water -- called tributary flow -- are not to be included in the adjudication. The problem is that federal laws do not recognize this artificial bifurcation. The challenge lies in identifying a subflow zone which satisfies the hydrologic fiction of existing state precedents and the hydrologic reality of federal statutes. At the core of the problem lies the fate of Arizona's perennial stream water and the fulfillment of federally reserved tribal water rights. Thus, larger questions loom: can Arizona law reconcile its glutinous past with a water -scarce future, will the adjudication ever reach a finality, and even if it does, will it be a finality that all sides can live with?en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherDepartment of Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)en
dc.relation.ispartofseriesTechnical Reports on Hydrology and Water Resources, No. 94-030en
dc.rightsCopyright © Arizona Board of Regentsen
dc.sourceProvided by the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources.en
dc.subjectGila River (N.M. and Ariz.) -- Water rights.en
dc.subjectGila River Watershed (N.M. and Ariz.)en
dc.subjectGroundwater flow -- Arizona.en
dc.subjectStreamflow -- Arizona.en
dc.subjectWater rights -- Arizona.en
dc.subjectGroundwater -- Arizonaen
dc.subjectIndians of North America -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Arizonaen
dc.titleCONFUSION WHERE GROUND AND SURFACE WATERS MEET: GILA RIVER GENERAL ADJUDICATION, ARIZONA AND THE SEARCH FOR SUBFLOWen_US
dc.typetexten
dc.typeTechnical Reporten
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Hydrology & Water Resources, The University of Arizonaen
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