The issue isn't about Texans or Texas, it's about rights and the right to float
The issue is about rights, not where someone is from. So those morons out there using that as the freface for their debate should really stop it. It makes you sound a little backwards and uneducated.
I live in Texas. Am I a Texan, no. I'm from Colorado. There is a mentality across the entire USA by property owners that they own everything in their little defined plot of land, including the waterways that may flow through it.
I am sure some of you remember the moron that lived along the South Fork of the South Platte right before the confluence at the mouth of Waterton Canyon. Remermber his antics with a shotgun and threatening kayakers, because "he owned" that part of the river. How about the folks at the Sportsman's Paradise Club? A big pack of jerks to put it mildly.
On the flipside, I can understand some of their concerns when it comes to commercial operations on the waterways. There are bad apples out there who make all of us, be it commercial or private, look bad. It only takes one incident to ruin an image.
The stalling of this bill by any politician is of great concern. This issues needs to be legislated and dealt with, not stalled and delayed. Vote out the bastards who won't effectively resolve it.
Better yet, make it a ballot initiative, let the people of the state decide it. I think you might be surprised how many people in Colorado will support the right to float, for anyone.
Here in Texas, the same issues exist as in Colorado. But, they have settled most of these issues by codifying through law and rules. There are a couple rivers here where the landowners have riparian rights, meaning they own the land under the water in the river. They don't own the water flowing through it.
In Texas, you can portage, tresspass if you determine that you must in order to preserve life and limb, and float through it. You will still get irrate landowners with guns and calling the cops, but legally, they have no case. You can let them bully you or not. I prefer not to be bullied.
It all comes back to getting it codified into law. Depending on politicians doing it will get you nowhere fast.
Lastly, the days of Colorado being just for Coloradoans is way over. Get over it, get used to having tourists, they pay the bills in most of the small mountain towns. Many of you would not have jobs if it were not for tourists.
And the Lord said, let there be whitewater. So on Friday, the 13th day of the month....