Utah Access Issues Continue Slow Burn

Recently, Montana and Virginia have been in the spotlight over river access challenges, and  at least one case is on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.   But as Brett Prettyman writes in the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah can’t seem to find a clear path toward resolution of its ongoing debate, which is stoked by loss of federal funds for walk-in access and anger among anglers over legislation that muddied the waters.

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  • Jhjones

    It was my impression that the “Equal Footing Doctrine” gave
    the public access to walk on the bottom of rivers. I thought that the 13
    colonies all agreed to this and that all states subsequently admitted to the
    union also agreed to it. Also I thought that states cannot pass a law that is
    in opposition to Federal law. However cases in Oregon, Virginia, and other states
    seem to be complicated. Could you explain why the Federal law —Equal Footing
    Doctrine— is not enforced?

    J Jones