To: Dean Sanpei, Ken Ivory, Eric Hutchings, Brian King, John G. Mathis, Curtis Oda, Lee Perry, Val Peterson, Paul Ray, Larry Wiley, Rebecca Lockhart, Brad Dee, Greg Hughes, Don Ipson,
Subject: Please Support HB37
Date: Wed Feb 19 20:06:45 MST 2014
If you have ever hiked or fished any of the rivers close by such as the Weber river or Ogden river you know how beautiful these rivers are and we are very lucky to have them within a short drive away. These are the two rivers that I fish most often, I don't usually have time to drive an hour or two to get to the other trout streams. I have fished every access point that both of these rivers have. That may sound like I've covered a lot of water but I haven't even scratched the surface. The Weber and Ogden rivers are very limited on legal fishing waters because of the all the private property. This just doesn't seem fair or right to me. The adjacent private landowners to these rivers are just that, "adjacent landowners". They don't own the river and should have no right to make the portion of water that flows by their land private and use the river for their own benefit. It is my right as much as anyone elses to recreate on public rivers and streams. When HB141 was passed my right to live life elevated was taken away from me. Please vote YES for HB37, which recognizes that it's the public right to lawfully access and use public waters for any lawful activity, including fly fishing. "This right is defined in Utah's constitution, and has been upheld by the Utah Supreme Court several times." Thank you for taking the time to read my concerns, I hope that you can make the best decision that will benefit the majority of Utah's population. Please put HB37 on your agenda today and get this bill out of house rules.