Soon, the New Mexico Supreme Court will settle the controversy about what the state Constitution has to say about the extent of the public’s right to access streams throughout the state. Legal questions need resolution, but underlying them are important practical questions for those who love the streams and rivers that flow through the Land of Enchantment and the fish and wildlife they support.
Should New Mexicans have the right to wade, float and swim in all the state’s waterways? And if that’s the case, what does that mean for private landowners?
For Trout Unlimited (TU) members, stream access is a critical priority – not just because we love to fish, but because the opportunity to enjoy New Mexico’s waterways enhances quality of life for everyone, and a public that enjoys our streams and rivers will help care for them.