Jan 2, 2010 8:01 AM by Associated Press

River rights to come before Colorado lawmakers

Who owns a river? The question is coming to Colorado lawmakers this session.

A bill to allow rafting companies to take their guests on rivers that cross through private property whether landowners like it or not is expected to come before the Legislature.

Rep. Kathleen Curry of Gunnison says her bill would settle the question of whether rafters, kayakers and anglers have a right to use Colorado's waterways when they go through private land. She says private landowners should not be able to block river access.

The bill was inspired by a case of a Texas developer buying land in Gunnison County and then notifying two rafting companies they could no longer use the Taylor River through his land.



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