Utah Stream Access Coalition Files Suit Challenging Public Waters Access Act

On November 12, the Utah Stream Access Coalition filed suit in Wasatch County challenging the Public Water Access Act.  The Utah legislature passed this act in 2010.  


The suit names Victory Ranch, Silver Creek-Robert Larsen Investors, Wasatch County Sheriff Todd Bonner, and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources as defendants.      


The case seeks the following relief:


  1. Judgment declaring that Utah’s public waters are owned by the people of Utah for their benefit; that the public has an easement, right-of-way and servitude to use Utah’s public waters for recreation and other lawful purposes; and that private landowners may not prevent Coalition members or the public from accessing public waters;
  2.  Judgment declaring that the Act is unconstitutional;
  3.  An injunction barring defendants from preventing public access to public waters;
  4.  An injunction barring the Division of Wildlife Resources and the County Sheriff from penalizing the public for accessing public waters.  


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