Late Friday we received word that the Utah Stream Access Coalition had filed a lawsuit claiming that the Public Waters Access Act passed through the 2010 Legislature was unconstitutional. Among the groups listed in the suit: Victory Ranch; the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Wasatch County Sheriff Todd Bonner. Here's the story the Tribune broke on Friday.
Some of the comments in the story are absurd, but were entirely expected. Anglers have been trying to be involved in setting a fair law from the beginning, but have been totally rebuffed by those people who would claim to represent all Utahns. Ted Wilson, the governor's senior adviser on the environment, said he was disappointed that anglers went ahead with the lawsuit. And I'm a little disappointed that he said that.
I do like that Sen. Dennis Stowell finally admitted that the Utah Legislature is costing citizens money. He said court is expensive knowing full well that the Legislature's attempt to override a Utah Supreme Court decision and ignoring anglers would lead to a lawsuit.