The proverbial shit is hitting the fan (again) in Utah when it comes to public access. Last week lawyers representing the Utah Stream Access Coalition argued in a Heber City courtroom that HB141 violates the public trust doctrine by limiting public access for anglers, boaters. In all likelihood this case will ultimately be decided by the Utah Supreme Court.
Meanwhile as this battle plays out, a new bill has been proposed by Rep. Kay McIff, the Richfield Republican who sponsored HB141. His new bill, HB68, is being pushed by property rights groups and would limit the state’s public trust obligations to those spelled out only in statute and in the Utah Constitution.
LINK (via: The Salt Lake Tribune)
"Some of the more problematic and controversial uses occurring in Utah are not addressed," he said. "Stream access is an area of concern.
OIA President Frank Huglemeyer raised the issue of stream access as part of the unveiling of Utah Governor Herbert's unveiling of "The State of Utah Outdoor Recreation Vision." prior to last week's Outdoor Retailer Show.
LINK (via: The Salt Lake Trib)
You can help by joining the cause, spreading the word and staying infomed. Head over to the Utah Steam Access Coalition Facebook page and give them a like, share with your network and sign up for their newsletter. They can use all the help and support they can get.