NIMBYs vs. Rafters

Landowners in Gunnison, Colorado are claiming that rafters passing through on the banks of the Gunnison River are trespassing. Do property rights extend into the water?
June 2, 2010, 9am PDT | Tim Halbur
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David Bollier reports on the controversy, where Colorado law includes some provisions for ownership of the river, lake beds and banks.

Bollier writes, "As for rafting, one court ruling declared that rafters need permission to float through someone else's land, or face criminal penalties. Another court ruling says it's okay to float through someone's land, but only if you don't touch the banks or bottom.

To try to clarify the law, Colorado Representative Kathleen E. Curry introduced a bill that would make it legal for commercial rafting companies to use designated parts of the state's rivers without fear of criminal or civil liability."

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Published on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in On The Commons
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