Stream access advocates sue for rights on Weber River
By brandon loomis
The Salt Lake Tribune
First published May 05 2011 06:32PM
Updated May 27, 2011 11:53AM
Utah anglers riled by the Legislature’s outlawing of wading in many streams crossing private property have filed a second lawsuit challenging restricted access, this time on the Weber River in Summit County.
The case, filed in 3rd District Court in Park City, argues that the Weber is legally navigable, meaning the state owns the bed.
At statehood, the river already had been used to float logs from the mountains east of Oakley to market, according to Cullen Battle, attorney for the Utah Stream Access Coalition. The group has hired a historian that will make the case that the river was used for commerce, a key to the legal definition of navigability.