John Donne said, The right of all people to all things is utter chaos."
The commercial river rafters' bill is more revenge than resolution. The simplest solution would have been to prohibit
man-made obstruction of floating without providing an alternate portage route. Instead, the bill would confiscate
private-property rights - without compensation - for portage on private property around all obstructions, natural and
man-made without regard to flow levels or length of portage.
How much riparian private property is to be confiscated to use waters of Colorado" and under what flow conditions?
These waters" can't be all used by all users at the same time. Once the water is appropriated, it no longer is a
natural" stream, hence recreational water-rights filings.
Legislators should look to floating - not wading or trespassing - management of when and where and for whom to
accommodate floating. So far, House Bill 1188 looks only to confiscate private, riparian property rights without
compensation, which obviously is unconstitutional.