Pursue water rights for State Trust lands to fulfill the Department’s objective to allow the land’s highest and best use in order to maximize the revenue for a specific use to benefit the Trust beneficiary. Provide support to other disciplines within the agency, such as commercial leasing and land sales, planning, engineering, minerals, grazing and agriculture. Awareness of the nexus with water/energy for solar facility applications filed for Trust land.
- The Department filed several thousand claims in the General Stream Adjudications (Little Colorado River and Gila River), and asserts a claim for federal reserved water rights for Trust land. Currently, the majority of these claims are for stock and wildlife uses, as approximately 90% of Trust Land is used for grazing.
- The Department filed surface water rights/claims, predominately for stock and wildlife uses.
- The Department holds grandfathered water rights (irrigation, Type 1, and Type 2), and groundwater use permits for State Trust land within Active Management Areas as defined by the Arizona Department of Water Resources.
Contact Heide Kocsis at (602)542-2678 or [email protected] for further information.