THIS WATER IS MY WATER: CANOEIST FIGHTS FOR RIGHTS

Who owns the water?

A canoeist is headed to court for defying a “No Trespassing” sign on a creek in New York’s Adirondack State Park that passes through private property. Matthew Sturdevant writes in Canoe & Kayak magazine about the principled stand taken by paddler Phil Brown, whose case “is one of many potentially precedent-setting lawsuits and legislative battles pitting the rights of landowners against those of paddlers.”

It’s not just these narrow interest groups that have a stake in the matter, though: Such cases are important to anyone who values public access to public resources.

Read more: http://www.utne.com/Wild-Green/This-Water-Is-My-Water-Canoeist-Fights-for-Rights.aspx#ixzz1S08C7WZe

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