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Unfortunately, yes it is true.
"U.S. District Judge James specifically declared that neither century old 
statutes enacted as each State joined the Union, nor federal common law of 
public use, create a right of the public to use the navigable waters of 
America for recreation, fishing or boating, unless the activity is done as a 
commercial enterprise, and limited to the main channel of the river. Judge 
James has declared that the public's only right to use the navigable waters 
of America are limited to commercial activities, and specifically DOES NOT 
INCLUDE the right of the public to boat, fish and recreate on the rivers of 
America."

I cannot imagine there will be much enforcement of this, but who knows?  I 
don't know what the next legal step will be.  Anyone who has ever canoed on 
a big river, ANY river, or who cares abaout public use of lands and waters, 
needs to be very worried about this I think.

Linda Frederick

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Charlene and Jim Malone" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, October 13, 2006 10:46 AM
Subject: Access to Navigable Rivers Threatened?


> HUH?
> Is this really true?
> http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/KANS.html#1160715241
>
> St. Louis birders,
> Are there any places that would be affected by this law even for birders 
> along the Miss. River? (Maybe Harbor Point Bay, Alta Villa/Vista - or is 
> that public?, My River Home - where there are NO "no trespassing " signs, 
> etc)
> I try to stay on public land, but guess I will find out if I am charged 
> with trespassing.
> I would assume that all the shoreline along the River on IL Hwy 100 is 
> Army Corp land.
> The bluff side of Hwy 100 is either Principia College or other private 
> landowners.
>
> With as many hunters and fishermen, can't believe this will go 
> unchallenged for long.
>
> Charlene Malone
> St. Louis co.
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