To Float or Not to Float?

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RaftPhotoMonicaRecently a Texas developer filed a lawsuit against two rafting companies on the Taylor River near Almont, which could forever change the face of rafting on the Colorado rivers, and all National rivers for our future generations.

This Dallas-based developer purchased 2 miles of property along the Taylor river for a member’s only fishing community and wants to ban these two rafting companies from floating through his section of property along the river.

Lawmakers have finally started to address this long drawn-out debate between rafters and private land owners, by forming House Bill 1188.  If this bill passes it will allow for commercial rafting companies licensed prior to 2010 to touch bottom or riverbanks without being charged with a civil trespassing lawsuit.  Furthermore, they will be allowed to briefly unload on banks to maneuver around river obstacles that would otherwise pose a danger to the passengers and/or crew.

Do you lavish in the outdoors?  Are you a river rat?  How do you feel about the House Bill 1188?  I encourage you to start a dialog with me regarding your thoughts on the use of our rivers in Colorado.  Please email me or post your comments below.  I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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