Discussion Topic: Who Owns Rivers and Streams?

From a PRNewswire-USNewswire story posted on Earthtimes.org:

_The state agencies responsible for the stewardship of Pennsylvania's natural resources today praised a court decision guaranteeing the rights of citizens to have access to the Little Juniata River in Huntingdon County for fishing, boating and other recreation.

The [state] filed suit in 2003 against Donald Beaver and other defendants who had closed a 1.3-mile section of the Little Juniata River to the public and started a private fishing club.

During a weeklong trial, the agencies asked the court to confirm the commonwealth's long-standing position that the Little Juniata River is a navigable water of the state that is held in trust for the benefit of the public._

This ruling highlights the national issue of public access for anglers and the sticky question of who own access rights on waters flowing through private lands. What's your take?