Rich New Mexico Landowners Are Staking Claim To The State’s Public Waterways

Chama River

The land of Enchantment?

A controversial New Mexico regulation approved in December allows residents to certify portions of streambed as private property, denying the public access to some public waterways that run through private property and shutting out people from fishing or boating.

Disagreement over the rule has been deeply political. Conservationists cite hefty campaign donations from wealthy landowners to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham as key to swaying the government’s support. Events on the ground seemed to reinforce those suspicions when, in December 2019, the Democratic governor removed the chair of the State Game Commission, Joanna Prukop, who had called for reassessing the rule’s constitutionality.

LINK (via: The Huffington Post)

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