The Maricopa County Superior Court is conducting special proceedings to determine whether the Amended and Restated White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Qualification Agreement dated as of November 1, 2012 (“WMAT Agreement”) should be approved. Consequently, the Court is providing any claimant in the Gila River Adjudication with an opportunity to file an objection to the WMAT Agreement no later than September 8, 2014. Objections must be filed with the Clerk of the Superior Court, Maricopa County Records Management Center, Attn: Walter Case W1-209, 601 West Jackson Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85003, telephone number (602) 506-4139 or (602) 506-3683.
To help claimants determine whether they should file an objection to the WMAT Agreement, claimants can review: (1) the application filed by the parties to the WMAT Agreement; (2) the Court’s Order of April 29, 2014; (3) the settlement documents; and (4) the Arizona Department of Water Resources report to the Court. These materials may be examined during business hours at the Arizona Department of Water Resources, located at 3550 North Central Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85012. Additionally, copies of the WMAT Agreement may be examined at the office of the Superior Court in every Arizona county located within the Gila River System and Source.
Finally, the Court has ordered the settling parties to conduct a program in two meetings to provide interested parties in the Gila River Adjudication with information about the WMAT Agreement. The first meeting will be held in Globe at 7:00 p.m. (MST) on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at the Gila County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1400 Ash Street, Room 202, Globe, Arizona. The second meeting will be held in Phoenix at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at the Phoenix City Hall, Assembly Room A, 200 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona.