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Public Water Access Issue Being Discussed At Legislative Session

One of the big issues expected during the upcoming state legislative session is one that’s been debated for more than a decade. It’s a fight over public access to water sitting on private land. Over the past twenty years or so, many sloughs, ponds and wetlands have grown into permanent lakes that border public lands or rights of way. On one side of the issue is the position that the public shouldn’t have access to flooded private land. On the other, sportsmen want to take advantage of these lakes – in legal terms known as non-meandered waters.