HB 37 – PROTECTING PUBLIC WATERS AND PROPERTY RIGHTS
RESIDENTS: Contact your local representatives, here
NONRESIDENTS: Contact the office of Governor Gary Herbert, his chief legal counsel, and his senior environmental advisor. Tell them to SUPPORT HB37! + Utah Governor’s: Gary Herbert—you must now go to this link. + Legal Counsel: Jacey Skinner, firstname.lastname@example.org (801) 538-1645. + Sr. Environmental Adviser: Alan Matheson, email@example.com (801) 538-1574
EVERYONE: Donate, here and please join the USAC and its members at the State Capitol building for a rally in support of HB37.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 9:45am
Where: South Steps of the Capitol building
What: Rally, press conference, and public lobbying
• WHAT THE BILL DOES
It restores historical public uses of streams that are capable of floating cut timber or that can be navigated by recreational boats during ordinary high water.
It allows wading, walking and fishing in the stream corridor below the ordinary high water mark.
It continues to prohibit the public from crossing private land to reach a stream that is open to public use.
• WHAT THE LANDOWNERS GET
Protection for small streams. These will remain closed to public use.
No loss of title to the streambed for streams open to public use.
Protection from liability, trespass, vandalism and litter. No loss of exclusivity nor loss in property value.
• WHAT THE FISHERMEN AND OTHER RIVER USERS GET
Reasonable use of streams across private lands, when such streams meet or exceed the size threshold set by the bill.
• WHAT EVERYONE GETS
A simple stream access law that everyone can understand.
Settlement of a divisive controversy.
Dismissal of two major lawsuits – no public trust doctrine case to be decided by the courts.
Access to public resources commensurate with Utah’s promotion of itself as a State that values and promotes outdoor recreational opportunities for members of the public.
• HOW IT WILL WORK
Access from public right of ways.
Enforcement of existing trespass laws.