So Much Water Volume 1 Issue 3 Summer 2015 - Page 18

HB 955

If you float

or wade

any of Missouri’s




then you should be aware of HB955. Introduced by Representative Robert Ross (R) on February 12th 2015 (Read HB 955), it would change the public use area of Missouri’s navigable waters from the long standing normal high water mark to the low water mark among other changes.

The bill has generated a lot of confusion among floaters and left many people wondering if they will be able to even get out of their canoe or kayak without violating trespassing laws should the bill pass.

One has to wonder about the true motivation behind HB955. Long since has the rule been that below the normal high water mark is open to public use. So that gravel bar you're standing on does not violate any trespassing laws. Regardless of that “NO TRESPASSING” signs put up by another misinformed or just plan rude land owner.

Missouri’s rivers and Streams belong to the people, but if you don’t take some action, that could change very quickly. Contact you legislator and say, “OH HELL NO to HB955”.


Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law --State Motto

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