The Fight over Water Access Rages on in Utah; Rally at the Capitol Planned for This Friday

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Anglers and other water users are fighting to regain access to hundreds of miles of rivers in Utah.

photo by Corey Kruitbosch

Last month, an article in The Salt Lake Tribune focused on the ongoing court battle between the Utah Stream Access Coalition (USAC) and the state over a 2011 law that cut off anglers and other water users from waterways that flow through private property. House Bill 141 (now known as the Public Waters Access Act, ironically) was passed after months of contentious protests and political wrangling. (To download an article from American Angler about the fight to stop HB141 Click Here.)

USAC now finds itself fighting on two fronts, as another piece of legislation, House Bill 68, has been introduced and threatens to undermine the case against HB141.

This Friday, USAC will be holding a rally to fight the proposed HB68 and to support a new bill that offers a compromise. The rally will be held on the steps of the Utah State Capitol on Friday, February 15, at 10:00 AM.

For more information, visit the Utah Stream Coalition website or follow the organization’s Facebook page.


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