Anglers win access to stretch of Weber River

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  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Nov. 24, 2017 11:14 p.m.

    My understanding is that public access to waters does not permit walking on the private land over which the water flows. So if someone can fish from a canoe or other watercraft with no more than occasional, incidental contact with the private land beneath the water, fair game. But they don't get to turn every seasonal run off into a wet sidewalk.

    Rather than funding lawyers to win such limited access to what few stretches of water in Utah are truly "navigable", the urban, welfare fishermen would be bettwe off asking the legislature to raise the price of fishing licenses and imposing a sales tax on fishing equipment and then using the proceeds to pay fair market value for full and usable access to those areas most desired for fishing. Eminent domain, with just compensation might be appropriate in some cases.

    Simply coveting what rural landowners--whether wealthy or of more modest means--have purchased, and taking it without compensation is not just.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    Nov. 24, 2017 8:07 a.m.

    Awesome. A huge win for the public and the outdoorsmen. Sorry 1%, you don't get to own our rivers.

  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    Nov. 24, 2017 1:50 a.m.

    Big win for the public!

    Waterways and beachfronts should all be public. Period.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Nov. 23, 2017 9:11 p.m.

    A blow to the 1% and a victory to the general public.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    Nov. 23, 2017 9:06 p.m.

    It is the people's waters.