Comment: The legal debate about

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The legal debate about

whether/to what extent the guvmint can regulate
this sort of thing - or, to put it another way, what
limits can legitimately be put on private property
owners in the name of ensuring the well being and
continued existence of something like wildlife or
water which are generally held to belong to everyone...

centers around the "Public Trust Doctrine" - libertarians
have generally been critical of it, apparently.

Here are dueling legal papers on the subject from some
law professors at Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland,
Oregon (Go, Pioneers!) for those inclined to wade into
the subject further: