February 24, 2009
Discussion Topic: On Stream Rights In Utah
By Dave Hurteau
From The Salt Lake Tribune:
Hundreds of angry anglers and river enthusiasts, some wearing hip waders, rallied on the steps of the State Capitol on Thursday, seeking to kill a proposed bill that would limit their access to streams running over private property. . . .
Several speakers and tackle shop owners at the rally said Utah would lose tourism dollars to such states as Montana and Idaho, where anglers can access any river bed. . . .
One major concern for anglers is a provision in the bill that would prohibit fishing within 500 feet of a home. . . .
But [bill sponsor Rep. Ben] Ferry said property owners are entitled to some privacy. . . .
"[A] person should not be allowed to fish right in the front of someone's back porch," said Ferry. ""You don't want a guy standing in the middle of the stream waving at you."
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