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State Seeks Supreme Court Review of Water Case

Published On: Nov 05 2013 06:17:13 AM AKST
Updated On: Nov 05 2013 06:34:35 AM AKST
State Seeks Supreme Court Review of Water Case
JUNEAU, Alaska -

The state of Alaska is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a case centered on authority over navigable waters of the state.

An appeals court earlier this year upheld federal regulations that identify which navigable waters within the state constitute public lands under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.

The state says the decision extends control over fishing and hunting to the federal government on state-owned navigable waters both on and adjacent to federal lands.

Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty says the decision threatens the principle that Alaskans should manage their own fish and game. He says it also threatens the ability of the state to conserve its resources for future generations.