Ritter creates river access mediation panel

Gov. Bill Ritter today ordered the creation of a River Access Mediation Commission to try to help resolve disputes between boaters and property owners on Colorado waterways.

Creation of the commission was one of eight unanimous recommendations made in a report by a 17-member governor’s task force created to come up with ways to address river access conflicts. Its report also was released today.

Ritter created the commission in July under an agreement under which parties agreed to set aside numerous conflicting ballot measures on the issue, the governor’s office said in a news release.

The mediation commission would be intended to address some of the most contentious conflicts. Disputing parties would participate voluntarily, and the commission wouldn’t have arbitration power, the governor’s office said.

Ritter said in the news release, “I believe a mediation commission can work its way through these matters in a civil, reasoned way where all parties’ views are respected and considered in developing a resolution that could alleviate the need for litigation.”


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