There has been a lot of noise surrounding the water access issue here in Utah. Representative Fowlke has introduced HB 80 which seems to be a workable compromise for the majority of stakeholders, and I would encourage recreational water users to show their support for this bill.
Utah Water Guardians are hosting a rally in support of HB 80 at the State Capitol Friday, February 5, 2010 at 11:30am on the south steps of the Capitol Bldg.
We've come a long way since last year's defeat of HB 187, but passing positive legislation is always harder than defeating bad legislation. The Farm Bureau and private landowners are going to be lobbying hard against this. Fishermen, hunters, boaters and other recreational water users need to make their voices heard, and a strong turnout to the rally would be a big step.