California v. Arizona
452 U.S. 431 (1981)

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California v. Arizona, 452 U.S. 431 (1981)

California v. Arizona

No. 78, Orig.

Leave to file complaint granted February 22, 1979

Decree entered June 15, 1981

452 U.S. 431

ON JOINT MOTION FOR ENTRY OF A DECREE

Decree entered.

Opinion reported: 440 U. S. 440 U.S. 59.

The Report of the Special Master is received and ordered filed.

DECREE

The joint motion of plaintiff and defendants for entry of a decree having been submitted to the Court together with the Report of the Special Master recommending that the motion be granted,

IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED AS FOLLOWS:

1. The Report of the Special Master is hereby approved, and the motion of plaintiff and defendants for entry of a decree is granted.

2. This decree determines ownership of certain portions of the bed of the former channel of the Colorado River. The decree does not relate to, nor does it have an effect upon, the political boundary between the State of California and the State of Arizona, which was set by congressionally approved compact in 1966 (Pub.L. No. 89-531, 80 Stat. 340).

3. The State of California is the owner in fee simple, by virtue of its sovereignty, of those lands in the bed of the former channel of the Colorado River more particularly described in Exhibit A to this decree.

4. The boundaries of the lands described in paragraph 3 above and in Exhibit A to this decree are permanent and fixed.

5. The State of Arizona and the United States of America, and each of them, have no right, title, estate, or lien, whatever,

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in the lands described in paragraph 3 above and in Exhibit A to this decree, and the State of Arizona and the United States of America, and each of them, are hereby enjoined and restrained from claiming or asserting any right, title, estate, or lien, whatever, in said lands, subject to the provisions of paragraph 9 below.

6. The State of Arizona is the owner in fee simple, by virtue of its sovereignty, of those lands in the bed of the former channel of the Colorado River more particularly described in Exhibit B to this decree.

7. The boundaries of the lands described in paragraph 6 above and in Exhibit B to this decree are permanent and fixed.

8. The State of California and the United States of America, and each of them, have no right, title, estate, or lien, whatever, in the lands described in paragraph 6 above and in Exhibit B to this decree, and the State of California and the United States of America, and each of them, are hereby enjoined and restrained from claiming or asserting any right, title, estate, or lien, whatever, in said lands, subject to the provisions of paragraph 9 below.

9. This action does not present for decision any question concerning the existence or extent of the federal navigational servitude in the lands that are the subject of this decree, and this decree makes no determination concerning that question.

10. The expenses of the Special Master shall be borne by the parties as previously directed by the Court. Each party shall bear its own costs in this action.

EXHIBIT A

A parcel of land in the former channel of the Colorado River in Imperial County, California, adjacent to Township 9 South, Range 21 East, San Bernardino Meridian; Township 10 South Range 21 East, San Bernardino Meridian; Township 10 South, Range 22 East, San Bernardino Meridian;

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Township 11 South, Range 22 East, San Bernardino Meridian, more particularly described as follows:

BEGINNING at a point on the center line of the former channel of the Colorado River having California Coordinate System, Zone 6, coordinates of x=2,482,449.14 feet and y=387,218.39 feet, from which United States Water and Power Resources Service (formerly United States Bureau of Reclamation) Station RUIN bears N 56

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