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HB37 and HB233 Dead – Back to the Courts

Feb 23, 2014   //   by adminUSAC   //   USAC  //  1 Comment

Utah Stream Access Coalition - Support HB37

400+ ON THE CAPITOL STEPS – YOU ARE GRASSROOTS – THANK YOU!

Tuesday, February 11th, we amassed over 400 concerned citizens on the Capitol steps in favor of HB37. Afterwards, we went inside and over a hundred of you stuck around to talk to your Representatives and Senators. We have received considerable feedback indicating how impressive the showing was, and we commend you for your efforts. THANK YOU!

This legislative session we had an opportunity to find the middle ground, and end the stream access fight once and for all. We tried to build a foundation that protects both property rights and the public’s right to use our resource. We strategized, we gave you the tools to be effective advocates, and we played every card we had in the best way we could.

On Thursday, February 20th, our 2014 legislative battle came to an end. In a meeting with House Leadership, we were informed that neither HB37 nor HB233 will leave the Rules Committee this Session. Both bills will die in Committee, as the House Leadership wants to see a ruling from the courts before they address the issue of stream access again. If you have any questions, please direct them to Speaker Rebecca Lockhart or Majority Whip Greg Hughes.

This may seem like a loss – but make no mistake, it was not. As a result of our collective efforts, we have reached more legislators on both sides of the aisle, and gained more support than we ever have before. We have established our cause as an unsettled issue on the Hill. We have grown our membership, our support, and our image. Most importantly, we have shown the power of grassroots efforts to organize and be effective in addressing the injustice of the Public Waters Access Act of 2010 (HB141). We mobilized and built momentum in a magnitude which we never had before. All the while, we did it in an open and honest fashion – with respect and dignity. Your actions are aboveboard, and you should be proud of what you’ve accomplished.

We want to keep building our momentum. For those of you who have made contact with your legislators, stay in contact with them over the summer. Reach out to them after the session, and let them know you appreciate their interest in restoring public access to, and lawful use of, the public waters of Utah. Organizing a small group to meet with your elected officials after the legislative session ends is a great way to keep this issue before your legislators. Invite them to meet with like-minded groups of fellow constituents that feel as you do, to discuss stream access and the challenges in finding the right balance between the public’s right to use its resource and protections for private property owners. Try to educate them on why this is important to you, what it means to future generations of Utahans, and why it’s important to find a lasting solution. Let them know that you will be a responsible steward of your resource, and that you believe in compromise.

It takes courage to speak, and perseverance to be heard. Our membership has proven that you have both of those qualities. Please keep it up. If you have yet to reach out to your elected officials, please do. They will have a great deal more time to speak with you and meet with you after the legislative session ends.

Also, remember that this is an election year. For those of you whose legislators do not support your views, we encourage you to become delegates. Over the summer we will be briefing you on that process so that you can stay involved and help ensure that your elected officials represent your views up on the Hill.

USAC, in the meantime, will press forward with our lawsuits focusing on both the Weber and the Provo rivers. The Provo (Public Waters) case is set for trial this spring, while the Weber (Navigability) case will go to trial this summer or fall. We hope to have decisions from both District Courts in both lawsuits by the time we return to the hill next year.

Finally, please take a moment to thank Rep. Dixon Pitcher for all of his efforts this session sponsoring HB37.

Our fight is not over. We will not stop until we have restored our right to lawfully use our resource, Utah’s rivers and streams. Thank you for your continued support.

TUESDAY – STREAM ACCESS RALLY

Feb 9, 2014   //   by adminUSAC   //   Rally, USAC  //  1 Comment

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THIS TUESDAY – STREAM ACCESS RALLY -FEB 11th, 2014

Our rally is coming up quick, and there’s a few things you need to do to get prepared

PRINT
Print off your posters, signs, and documents in the Grassroots Kit: http://bit.ly/1dL0yTv
You can use our images, or you can make your own sign/poster.

CARPOOL
Strength in numbers. Finalize your carpool/frontrunner/trax/bus plans to get up to the Capitol. Parking is always an issue.

UTA Route 500 (Capitol)
UTA Trip Planner
Utah State Capitol Directions & Parking

Finally (and most importantly) —> prepare to meet with your Representative and Senator after the rally. This is a must and will be the most effective.

We ALL need to enter the Capitol and put in slips to meet with our respective Representatives. This is absolutely critical.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Enter doors at South Steps.
2. Turn left and head up steps to House of Representatives.
3. Go right (North) at the top of the steps. Find the table with the “Green Coats.” Fill out a green sheet with your name, your Representative’s name, the reason: “Individual citizen concerned about Stream Access,” and return it to a Green Coat. They will call your Rep off the floor.
4. Grab a seating chart/face sheet of the Representatives. Look for your Rep, and talk to any other Reps that you see.

PRO TIP:
If you bring a sheet of paper with your Rep’s name and District on it you can hold it up over the crowd of people to get their attention. Please look up your Legislators in advance here.

It’s that easy folks!

Together, we must all do this last step. Don’t assume someone else will speak to your Rep for you, because they’re likely assuming the same thing. When we all stand strong, and we all take action, our voices are all heard. This is Grassroots! This is the way we do it!
That’s all for now. Over the next 32 days, we have the chance to make history. Let’s not squander the opportunity. As the session progresses, there will surely be more emails to come. Keep your eyes peeled for “Action Alerts.”

Thank you for the support. We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.

Board of Directors
Utah Steam Access Coalition
info@utahstreamaccess.org
www.utahstreamaccess.org

2014 – Get Involved for Stream Access

Jan 24, 2014   //   by adminUSAC   //   USAC  //  1 Comment

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, jskinner@utah.gov (801) 538-­1645. + Sr. Environmental Adviser: Alan Matheson, amatheson@utah.gov (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.

 

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2014 USAC Rally Flyer

H.B. 37

HB37 summary_USAC 2014 

TALKING POINTS-SUPPORT HB37_USAC 2014-2

Grass Roots Media Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stream Access Compromise – Priority Legislators to Contact

Oct 8, 2013   //   by adminUSAC   //   USAC  //  8 Comments
Step 1 – we need you to look up your legislators, and shoot them an email to open the discussion about Stream Access. We need you to know who they are, and they need to know who you are. Click the link to look them up: http://le.utah.gov/GIS/findDistrict.jsp MOST IMPORTANTLY, IF YOUR LEGISLATORS ARE ON THE LIST BELOW, PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO DO THIS RIGHT NOW!The following people have either never voted on the stream access issue, or voted against us in 2010. It is of critical importance that we get the opportunity to speak with them. In order to do that, we need you, their constituents, to tell them that this issue matters.

House of Representatives:
District Representative Party Notes

1

Menlove, Ronda Rudd R Against

2

Lifferth, David E. R Never

4

Redd, Edward H. R Never

5

Webb, R. Curt R Against

6

Anderegg, Jacob L. R Never

7

Wilcox, Ryan D. R Against

8

Froerer, Gage R Against

9

Peterson, Jeremy A. R Never

10

Pitcher, Dixon M. R Never Our Sponsor

11

Dee, Brad L. R Against

12

Greenwood, Richard A. R Against

13

Ray, Paul R Against

14

Oda, Curtis R Against

15

Wilson, Brad R. R Never

16

Handy, Stephen G. R Never

17

Barlow, Stewart R Never

18

Barrus, Roger E. R Against

19

Nielson, Jim R Never

21

Sagers, Douglas V. R Never

22

Duckworth, Susan D Against

23

Seelig, Jennifer M. D Against

25

Briscoe, Joel K. D Never

26

Romero, Angela D Never

27

Kennedy, Michael S. R Never

29

Perry, Lee B. R Never

31

Wiley, Larry B. D Against

32

Christensen, LaVar R Never

33

Hall, Craig R Never

34

Anderson, Johnny R Never

35

Wheatley, Mark A. D Against

36

Arent, Patrice M. D Never

37

Moss, Carol Spackman D Against

38

Hutchings, Eric K. R Against

39

Dunnigan, James A. R Against

41

McCay, Daniel R Never

42

Bird, Jim R Against

43

Tanner, Earl D. R Never

45

Eliason, Steve R Never

47

Ivory, Ken R Never

48

Stratton, Keven J. R Never

49

Brown, Derek E. R Never

50

Cunningham, Rich R Never

52

Knotwell, John R Never

53

Brown, Melvin R. R Against

54

Powell, Kraig R Against

55

Mathis, John G. R Against

56

Christofferson, Kay J. R Never

57

Greene, Brian M. R Never

58

Cox, Spencer J. R Never

59

Peterson, Val L. R Never

60

Layton, Dana L. R Never

61

Grover, Keith R Against

62

Stanard, Jon E. R Never

63

Sanpei, Dean R Never

66

McKell, Mike K. R Never

67

Roberts, Marc K. R Never

68

Nelson, Merrill F. R Never

69

Anderson, Jerry B. R Against

70

McIff, Kay L. R Against Wrote HB141

71

Last, Bradley G. R Against

72

Westwood, John R. R Never

73

Noel, Michael E. R Against

74

Snow, V. Lowry R Never

75

Ipson, Don L. R Against
Senate:
District Senator

2

Jim Dabakis Never

4

Patricia Jones Against

6

Wayne Harper Against (as Rep)

7

Deidre Henderson Never

8

Brian Shiozawa Never

10

Aaron Osmond Never

12

Daniel Thatcher Never

13

Mark Madsen Against

15

Margaret Dayton Against

17

Peter Knudson Against

18

Stuart Reid Never

19

Allen Christensen Against

20

Scott Jenkins Against

21

Jerry Stevenson Against

22

J. Stuart Adams Against

23

Todd Weiler Never

24

Ralph Okerlund Against

25

Lyle Hillyard Against

26

Kevin Van Tassell Against

27

David Hinkins Against

28

Evan Vickers Against (as Rep)
See your Legislator on the list above? Contact us!

USAC Fall Video Contest

Aug 29, 2013   //   by adminUSAC   //   USAC  //  1 Comment

USAC Video Contest 2013

 

UTAH STREAM ACCESS COALITION – FALL VIDEO CONTEST

Utah Stream Access Coalition (USAC) invites members and supporters to enter its Fall Video Contest.

The USAC Fall Video Contest is open to ALL members and supporters of USAC at least 18 years of age. The contest is open to all participants regardless of residence or citizenship, so long as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation.

Please read the following rules, terms and legal conditions before submitting any videos! Click here to read the legal conditions.

Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to vicepresident@utahstreamaccess.org.

 

USAC_VideoContestOfficialRules

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USAC Letter to Governor Herbert

Aug 21, 2013   //   by adminUSAC   //   USAC  //  4 Comments

Utah’s Water Future: USAC Letter to Governor Herbert

Below you will find the letter that USAC submitted to Governor Herbert in regards to the Utah’s Water Future campaign. Have you submitted your comments yet? Head over to www.utahswater.org and make your voice heard! The comment period officially ends on August 31.

Letter to Utah’s Water Future

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