Friday, November 19, 2010

Henry's Fork Motors Update: HFF Weighs in on Proposed Ordinance

The Henry's Fork Foundation (HFF) has commented on the proposed Fremont County Waterways ordinance that would govern the use of motors on the Henry's Fork. The foundation makes a point of applauding the county commissioners for meeting many of the public demands concerning the issue. Which is a good point to make, I think. With all the blood that has been brought to a boil over this issue, its important to note that the proposed ordinance could be much worse and the commissioners have implemented many of the comments they have received.

With that being said, HFF has some concerns about the proposed ordinance (more or less the same concerns most fly fisherman have). From the email that went out to the HFF mailing list:
"The Foundation remains concerned about allowing motors on the Henry’s Fork from Vernon Bridge downstream to the upper end of the Fun Farm backwater (including the Chester Dam backwater). The potential for user conflict in this section is very high. Most of the land alongside the river in this section is private, and many of those landowners have expressed their opposition to motors. Motors are not needed to access this stretch of river. In seven miles of river, there are four public boat ramps, good walk-in access on the Idaho Department of Fish and Game land below Chester Dam, and walk-in access thanks to landowners who provide that access to fishermen."
The issue is far from over as another meeting is approaching. A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, November 30 at 6:00 pm in the Fremont County Annex Building in St. Anthony. If you wish to submit a written comment, comments are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, November 22. Comments may be faxed to the Fremont County Clerk’s office, 624-7335, or e-mailed to Fremont County Clerk Abbie Mace at amace@co.fremont.id.us

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