Gila Water Commissioner

Important Events on the Gila River


Date Item Event

1833

Flood in Gila River

Earliest known

July 1, 1852

Treaty of Santa Fe (rights of Apache Indians)

Signed

February 28, 1859

Gila River Pima/Maricopa Indian Community (GRIC)

Created by US Congress

1867

Rainfall in Gila Valley

Earliest records made

1868

Lower Gila River above GRIC

First non-Indian agricultural use of water

1870

Safford Valley

Irrigation by non-Indian settlers (approximate)

1874

Duncan-Virden Valley

Irrigation by non-Indian settlers

1895

Measurements of Gila River Flow

Started by USGS

June 7, 1897

San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation

Established (division of White Mountain Indian Reservation)

March 3, 1905

10,000 acres along San Tan Canal (GRIC)

Funds allocated for irrigation

April 28, 1905

Doan Decree

Enacted

July 18, 1912

Shute Decree (Ash Creek)

Enacted

April 6, 1916

Lockwood Decree

Enacted

May 18, 1916

Florence-Casa Grande Irrigation Project

Authorized and funded

1922

Franklin Irrigation District (FID)

Incorporated

June 30, 1922

Ashurst-Hayden (formerly Florence) Dam

Completed

1923

Gila Valley Irrigation District (GVID)

Incorporated

June 7, 1924

San Carlos Irrigation Project (includes Coolidge Dam)

Authorized and funded

June 1925

Sacaton Dam

Completed

October 2, 1925

Lawsuit to adjudicate the waters of the Gila River

Filed by US Government

November 19, 1925

Post-Doan (Jenckes) Decree

Enacted

November 28, 1927

Ling Decree

Entered

July 16, 1928

San Carlos Irrigation and Drainage District (SCIDD)

Organized

November 1928

Coolidge Dam

Completed

1929

Storage behind Coolidge Dam (San Carlos Reservoir)

Began

1930

Coolidge Dam (San Carlos Reservoir)

First release for irrigation

June 29, 1935

Globe Equity 59 Consent Decree

Signed

April 27, 1936

Ling Decree

Amended