Waterway story one-sided

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  • Mike Richards
    July 30, 2008 9:51 p.m.

    This quote from a July 19, 2008 Deseret News article by Geoffrey Fattah seems factual to me:

    "Under Utah law, state waters are owned by the public, which has an easement to those waters, even if the water's bed is privately owned."

    "The public has a right to float, hunt, fish, and participate in all lawful activities that utilize state waters," the ruling states. "The practical reality is that the public cannot effectively enjoy its right to 'utilize' the water to engage in recreational activities without touching the water's bed."

    "The justices did note the public's right to walk on a water bed is protected as long as people "do so reasonably and cause no unnecessary injury to the landowner."

    The entire ruling is only ten pages long, so anyone who is interested could read the entire document in just a few minutes.

    Here's another quote that further explains the public's rights:

    " . . . every private landowner to whom the easement applies are subject to the reasonable burdens imposed by
    the easement. These burdens include the publics right to both travel over private property when floating and to touch the waters bed while floating."

  • Chris Plummer
    July 30, 2008 11:34 a.m.

    They don't want you to pay attention to important issues, just keep focused on blocking gay marriage and winning the war in Iraq.