Last year the Utah Supreme Court ruled (a guy named Conatser, got busted wade fishing in the Weber River that ran thru private property)
that the public has a right to access a river or stream, for legal activity, from public property and fish thru private property as long as he stayed on the stream bed. Since Utah became a state in 1896 the law (according to the USC) has been mis-interpeted.
A Republican Representative wrote a bill that was so outrageous the fishing community took up arms fought it and won. Twice.
This low life tried to hustle the bill in real quick and no one knowing how it was written. Tried to push it through but it failed. 13 amendments and still failed.
There were phoney photos shown to lawmakers, stories by landowners and I'm sure a few fishermen told some stories too.
Some of the b. s. in the bill was if a home was built after May 9, 2009 and was within 500' of the river, one couldn't access the water. There was a list of 14 original waters that the public could access.
Here's a url to the bill. This is the first bill introduced. While I don't condone anyone trespassing, destroying property, fences, littering etc. I think it's good this bill was killed. It'll come back in another form next year, but with the help of a fishermen/women, water users (kayakers etc.) and some cooperation from landowners and the politicians, hopefully a bill that will be better thought out, and worked on from all sides (instead of just landowners) defining streambeds. Because of this **** these guys pulled, I'm voting Democrat locally next elections. I'm tired of the "good ole boy" network, and so are a lot of other people here in the state.
Here's the complete bill as it was written.
Utah Legislature HB0187