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A Belgrade man fishes the lower Madison River on July 5.

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A Bozeman attorney who helped enshrine Montana’s stream access rights into law said during a talk on Thursday that he believes the state’s public trust doctrine is well-protected, and it would be difficult for legislators to alter it.

Jim Goetz, the attorney who defended stream access rights along the Dearborn and Beaverhead rivers in the 1970s and 80s, discussed his career in a speech entitled “The Waters Belong to Everyone: The Montana Stream Access Cases.”

Goetz’s presentation was part of the Montana State University Library’s Trout and Salmonid Lecture Series. Every year, the library brings in a speaker to talk about fishing, trout, stream access and “anything that relates back to those species,” said Special Collections Librarian James Thull.


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