I know that this web site steers away from politics, but I got my absentee ballot yesterday and noticed this issue of which I was unaware. My intent in putting this here is not to start a debate, but to see if anyone has any input on how this may affect the fishing community to which we belong. Or would it have any impact at all? ISSUE #3 PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION TO PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS IN GROUND WATER, LAKES AND OTHER WATERCOURSES. (Proposed by Joint Resolution of the General Assembly of Ohio) To adopt Section 19b of Article I of the Constitution of the State of Ohio Purpose: The purpose of Amended Substitute Senate Joint Resolution Number 8 (SJR 8) is to protect the rights of Ohios property owners, Ohios natural resources, and the maintenance of the stability of Ohios economy by explicitly recognizing under the constitution the property interests in ground water, lakes, and watercourses. The Property Interests of Private Property Owners: SJR 8 would make explicit the property right of a private property owner in the reasonable use of the ground water underlying the property owners land. SJR 8 would also make explicit the property right of a private property owner who owns land that borders a lake or watercourse in the reasonable use of the water in a lake or watercourse located on or flowing through the owners land. An owner of land may voluntarily convey to a governmental body the owners property interest held in ground water underlying the land or nonnavigable waters located on or flowing through the land. Also, the state and a political subdivision, to the extent authorized by state law, may provide for the regulation of such waters. Property Right is Subordinate to Public Welfare: SJR 8 makes clear that the property rights described under the proposed amendment are subject to the public welfare. Application of Public Trust Doctrine: This proposed amendment does not affect the publics use of Lake Erie and other navigable waters of the state. The public trust doctrine does not apply to ground water underlying privately owned land and nonnavigable waters located on or flowing through privately owned land. Prevents Rights from being Impaired: The rights confirmed under this proposed amendment cannot be impaired or limited by the operation of other sections of the Ohio Constitution, including provisions governing home rule powers of a county, township, or municipal corporation; Public Debt and Public Works; conservation of natural resources; and the prohibition of the use of initiative and referendum on property taxes. If approved, this proposed amendment will be effective December 1, 2008.