Utah court tosses out restrictive stream access law

Utah judge Derek Pullan found that the state’s “unfittingly” titled Public Waters Access Act accomplishes the opposite of public access and declared it unconstitutional on Wednesday. The ruling affirms boaters, anglers and other recreationists’ right of access to 2,700 miles of streams that cross private land. Now it’s up to the Utah Department of Natural Resources to clarify the rules for how the public use these streams. The state is expected to appeal to the Utah Supreme Court. —Brian Mafflydt.common.streams.StreamServer

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