There is really no way we can all give the necessary recognition and appreciation to the Utah Stream Access Coalition for all they have done. Please remember the Concert to benefit the Utah Stream Access Coalition (USAC) coming up on October 5th. Even though the USAC is making great progress we need to keep supporting the fight.
This news was just released this morning from USAC.
The Utah Stream Access Coalition (USAC) has had a few very busy weeks of late, and has made some unprecedented progress in restoring your rights to access and use Utah’s public waters. For those awaiting progress on the legal front, this is your month. Last week, USAC’s lawyers filed a motion for summary judgment and a request for oral arguments. The motion was the result of hundreds of hours of work by our legal team and is a huge step forward in the first court battle aimed at restoring the rights of our members and the public (Insert Link). We currently await our opponents’ response, which is due at the end of September.
Secondly, after receiving reports of folks being ticketed on the Lower Provo river, in the area immediately upstream of the trestle, USAC confirmed longstanding rumors that a public fishing easement exists on this reach, and that some of the property concerned was owned by UDOT and not the landowner who had posted it. Indeed, the recorded easement shows that both the UDOT parcel and the parcel upstream from it (owned by Mr. Steven Ault) are subject to the public fishing easement. As many of our members know, Mr. Ault has been the poster child for the anti stream access movement on the Lower Provo. He spent many hours lobbying in support of HB-141, spoke in committee meetings, and attended the Governor’s working group. The simple fact that Mr. Ault failed to mention that he took ownership of property subject to a public fishing easement demonstrates the lengths our opponents went to to distort the truth, so they could take away the public’s right to fish waters that have been enjoyed by generations of Utahns.
The good news is, as a result of USAC’s efforts, the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has informed the Coalition that anglers will no longer be cited for fishing the reach above the railroad trestle, or for walking across bridge, and that outstanding citations will be dismissed.
Utah Stream Access Coalition