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Recreational Access Legislation Urgent Notice

Postby feathhd » Wed May 08, 2013 4:23 pm

It is urgent that you act now because the legislative session may soon end.

A recent Iowa Supreme Court decision defining a visitor on a farm tour as not a protected category of recreational use has landowners across the state concerned. The uproar is the loss of liability immunity for allowing people to recreate on private land free of charge. The recreational liability protections in question were developed in the 60’s and implemented in various ways by legislatures across the country to allow landowners the freedom from nuisance litigation from allowing people to hunt, fish, boat, watch nature, etc.

Adding to the uproar is that there is great confusion on this issue and many divergent opinions on how the case affects landowners. The confusion should be cleared up before the legislature leaves town or we could very well see substantial losses in access to private land along rivers.

Urge your Representative to support HSB240 to make it clear that recreational use of private lands is protected or we may have much fewer paddling, fishing and riverside experiences in Iowa.

Legislative Contacts
Iowa General Assembly (find a bill):
Iowa Senators and Representatives: Find your legislators
Iowa Senate: 515.281.3371
Iowa House: 515.281.3221

Please share this legislative update with individuals, organizations or groups that would be interested in receiving this information.

Thank you!

Rosalyn Lehman
Executive Director
Iowa Rivers Revival
PO Box 72, Des Moines, IA 50301
515-724-4093 |
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Upper Miss under huge Threat along with every other River

Postby feathhd » Wed May 08, 2013 4:33 pm

Call Your U.S. Senator Today Opposing Damaging Water Resources Bill
The United States Senate is rushing to vote this week on legislation concerning Army Corps of Engineers navigation and other projects. This bill undermines environmental laws, imposes unfair costs on taxpayers, and fails to advance common sense policies to restore the Upper Mississippi River.

Please call your U.S. Senators today and urge them to vote against the Water Resources Development Act of 2013, S. 601. Contact information is available on the Izaak Walton League's Conservation Advocacy Web site.

You can also call the U.S. Capital switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senators' offices.

Please feel free to use the following talking points when making your call:

I'm calling in opposition to S. 601, the Water Resources Development Act of 2013.

This legislation will be very damaging to the environment and unfair to taxpayers. It will short-circuit environmental review and cost taxpayers billions on navigation projects that don't make economic sense.

As a member of the Izaak Walton League of America, I am also concerned that the bill fails to include common sense provisions to restore habitat and support outdoor recreation along the Upper Mississippi River.

I urge Senator (insert last name) to oppose the bill and provide more time for thoughtful debate and careful analysis of the legislation.

Please take a few minutes to call your Senators today. Votes could be taken on this damaging legislation as early as this Friday. Your call will make a difference. Thank you.

If you'd like more background on the WRDA issues of greatest concern to the League click here
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