The Governor's River Access Dispute Resolution Task Force had their second meeting yesterday, Sept 22 in Salida. Yours turly didn't know that I could go to the first meeting so I made up for the lost opportunity to stick my nose into the task force discussion by going to the soire in Salida. Home - Department of Natural Resources
The Governor's charge is for the task force to recommend procedures to river disputes rather than come up with substance frameworks, since the subject part of things is so contentious, a la HB10-1188 which got killed back in the last session.
I couldn't resist the chance to jump into the fire so I submitted a written public comment by presenting hard copy directly to all the task force members at the meeting plus other folks who were there and then followed it with an email version.
The next meeting was in Glenwood on Oct 13, at which I also attended and where public comment was allowed. The last task force meeting is in Denver on Nov 5 at the Colorado Dept of Natural Resources with no public comment at the meeting. Public comment can be emailed to email@example.com
Here's my 9/22/2010 public comment:
River Access Dispute Resolution Task Force Comment
September 22, 2010
My name is Richard Strauss and I am a longtime private land titleholder and public water user from Arvada.
In order to avoid a costly, contentious and currently reviewed and commented 43 page 2012 ballot initiative #3, subtitled the “Colorado Public Trust Doctrine”
, an entity may be formed, upon task force recommendation, to clarify, confirm and find a binding agreement resolution to protect, use and enjoy the title, access, use and touch rights-of-way for all Coloradans to/from, along, within, around and of the banks, waters and lands beneath them of our natural streams, pay for the process by disinterested third parties such as the Colorado state government and/or other funding source and appropriately name the entity to reflect its location, cause and effect so that All Win
Depending on whether a recommended entity is recommended to be binding or non-binding, it may be called a board, authority, court, mediation service, arbitration service, etc. For the purposes of this comment, it will be called a “board”.
That said, the entity name should be called the “Colorado Natural Streams Title, Access, Use and Touch Agreement Resolution Board”
and it may be abbreviated to be known as the “TAUT Board”
Here are procedures for consideration to recommend to the Governor so that All Win
a ballot such as 2012 ballot initiative #3 “Colorado Public Trust Doctrine”
Legislative Council Ballot Proposal Data Entry Form
e adapted bills for a “Private Title with Public Use and Touch”
solution such as Oregon 2010 SB10-1060
and a passageway fence on-the-land and/or over-the-water “Private Title with Public Access”
solution such as 2009 Montana HB 190
(now enacted) at: http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2009/billpdf/HB0190.pdf
Also see: Doherty bridge access
to expand the voluntary and existing CDOW Walk In Access programs to include lawful activities such as fishing and boating for the “Private Title & Private Access”
solution at: Walk-in Access Program - Colorado Division of Wildlife
4 Adjudicate and Administrate
by the TAUT Board
for claims such as recreational use, title liability, gated fence access, title takings and/or environmental protection and/or Adjudicate
by the Colorado Supreme Court
, under Colorado Constitution Article VI, Section 3
, to “...give its opinion upon important questions upon solemn occasions when required by the Governor, the Senate, or the House of Representatives.”.
* Combine and separate.