Wall Street Journal on Colorado River Conflicts

April 8, 2010 By: Marshall Cutchin

“Over the years, rafters have accused ornery landowners of stringing barbed wire across rivers to topple them. Landowners, in turn, accuse rafters of making crude gestures as they float by and shouting what, in this context, amounts to an obscenity: ‘No one can own a river!‘”
In the Wall Street Journal, Stephanie Simon takes a close look at the issues surrounding the latest debate over Colorado river access. She notes that while Utah recently moved to block access to rivers that had been used recreationally for decades, Colorado is the only state that doesn’t already protect the right to float through private property.