Here is my take on this from last night and what is in the future.
The bill was amended to bring in private boaters, which is how it should have been written originally but Rep. Curry did not want to stir the cattleman's association which was done anyway. It was stated early on that the cattleman's association has never lost a battle well chalk one up for the good guys.
While changing the bill to add private boaters is a good thing and is what everybody including CROA wanted, it did have negative consequences.
We are worried that a few Senators will oppose this bill if it includes private boaters and there will be repercussions throughout the house as well now that it will have to be amended there as well.
It is imperative to get the word out to your senators and representatives that we need their votes on this.
Two key people that need to be contacted are-
Senator Scott Renfroe of Weld County- we lost his handshake vote
Senator Keith King of El Paso County
Inquire to them why they voted against this bill and decided to support privatization of Colorado rivers for the sole purpose of the wealthy out of state fisherman on private ranches that think stream bed modification is environmentally sound, compared to keeping the rivers of the state of Colorado free for Coloradans.
We all need to band together and work with CROA to make sure we get the votes for this to pass, CWWA and AW joined in on this at the last minute and although that is very much appreciated they need to continue to work with CROA as they are the ones flipping the bill on this thing. If it was not for CROA working on this bill it would not be were it is today and we need to keep in mind that we are all working for the same goal.
This bill is going to help all boaters in the state once it is passed, if it does not pass the repercussions are going to be significant as land owners throughout the state are aware of this, they had a landowner from the Ark valley testify as a witness on the oppositions side.
former raft guide, private boater, AW member, industry professional