ConservationDrake Magazine Back Issue Content Spring 2012Policy/Politics/LawsU.S. placesDargan Coggeshallin is being sued for flyfishing on a public stretch of Virginia’s Jackson River

Dargan Coggeshallin is being sued for flyfishing on a public stretch of Virginia’s Jackson River. If he loses his May court case to River’s Edge developers—who claim to own the river bottom—you stand to lose, too. “You can be fishing in a public river that is marketed by the state—on a tailwater managed with taxpayer dollars—and you can be sued for doing that,” he says. Coggeshallin’s Virginia Rivers Defense Fund was established “to defend against misguided litigation that jeopardizes the public’s right to use and enjoy Virginia rivers.”

Virginia Rivers Defense Fund

The fund hopes to raise awareness for public use and access rights in the Commonwealth, historically a “high water-mark” state. Educate yourself and help educate others by donating.

virginiariversdefensefund.org

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Geoff Mueller is senior editor at The Drake. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. Follow him: @thedrakemagazine, @geoffmonline.

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  1. Help save this amazing river! These greedy land owners are trying to claim a “king’s grant” to ownership over the river. This is not England! They are using American court systems to enforce an English law. How is this happening in America? We fought, and won, a war over English laws in America.

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