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NOR is the organization that focuses on achieving public-trust ownership of rivers, conserving rivers through public-trust ownership, and ensuring the public's legal rights to enjoy rivers
The New Mexico Legislature is about to vote on a bill that would create long-term conflict about river rights in New Mexico, and would also negatively influence river rights in other states. ... Continue reading »
To make it easier for river users to negotiate for improved public access, NOR directors realized that there was a need for a short, inexpensive book that could be conveniently given to law enforcement officials and people in river businesses and organizations--people who decide whether the rivers and creeks of the nation are fully open to the public, or are partially or totally closed in many places. ... Continue reading »
Now you have materials that can quickly communicate your river access rights to government officials and riverfront landowners in any state ... Continue reading »
In this Fourth of July season, it is good to consider what freedom means regarding your rights on rivers ... Continue reading »
Public rights to fish, canoe, kayak, raft, hunt, and walk along the banks of rivers are an issue in modern times because of several recent movements (mainly since the 1970s) to deny the public’s use of rivers. ... Continue reading »
Some riverfront landowners bring an urban mindset to owning property on a river: The notion that everything within the perimeter of a property is private, and any use of it by outsiders would be trespassing. What is the correct notion to have? ... Continue reading »
Do you crave tangible impact for rivers in your area? When you donate, do you wonder where your support goes? Welcome to a new option offered by NOR: Sending river law information packets to the government agency (or person) of your choice. ... Continue reading »
What a pivotal year 2013 has been for NOR! Since August, ground-breaking resources that have taken decades of work were made available for the public, and more are being developed for 2014. ... Continue reading »
With revolutionary resources for the public that were released this year, NOR is just getting started with the campaign to educate people nationwide about public rights on rivers. You can help public rights on rivers be acknowledged and protected, now and for future generations. ... Continue reading »
The eventful and exciting holiday season is in full swing at NOR! We are thrilled to announce a free sample of the book, Public Rights on Rivers, is now available for download. Also, two Holiday Specials are now available! ... Continue reading »
For over a decade, NOR has produced materials to help the public understand the law when using rivers for non-destructive recreation. This includes a wide array of activities, such as fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, duck hunting, swimming, walking along the banks, picnicking along the banks, and so on. One river user who was able to use NOR materials to help get river rights recognized was Ed, a fisherman in Illinois. In three places along the Fox River, Ed used information from the NOR website to stop fishermen from being ticketed, get a “No Trespassing” sign taken down, and continue ice fishing near where he lives. ... Continue reading »
The new poster, “Public Rights on Rivers in the United States,” is now available for free downloading and distribution, in print and by e-mail. There is also a handout version. There is also a poster and handout specifically for Colorado. ... Continue reading »
Is it legal for someone to have a private river? Can someone block or limit public navigation (including kayaking, canoeing, rafting) and fishing on the segment of river that runs through their property? Can a club or landowner charge the public to fish on a river, or recreate? These are questions that have been disputed since the 1970s. The good news: There is an answer supported by facts! Are you willing to take a second look at this issue? ... Continue reading »
The last few days of the government shut down have been a prime example of the serious legal problems associated with national public river access. Public rights to access rivers are being wrongfully denied. Just because politicians can’t settle on the nation’s funding does not mean accessing rivers—which are public passage ways—should be denied. ... Continue reading »
From today (Sept. 18) until October 2nd, 2013, we will be having a social media competition. 1st place will receive a FREE 1 year Activist Membership, a $60 value! It includes the book "Public Rights on Rivers," "Currents" monthly e-newsletter, NOR Member Area access, state-by-state news, detailed river law pages in the Member Area, mailed new member welcome packet with NOR bumper sticker and t-shirt, and one delivery of NOR materials to a government agency in your area. ... Continue reading »
Recent Blog Posts
- CURRENTS 71: Help prevent conflict about river rights in New Mexico and other states
- CURRENTS 70: Negotiating to improve river access
- Use the new book and poster to restore your rights on rivers everywhere
- Freedom to use rivers
- Why are public rights on rivers an issue?
- What are you buying when you buy riverfront property?
- River Law Info Packets
- Ringing in the New Year
- Year-End Giving: How you can help make a difference in 2014
- Exciting Holiday Happenings at NOR!
- A fisherman’s story: How NOR materials helped get river rights acknowledged
- NEW POSTERS ABOUT PUBLIC RIGHTS ON RIVERS
- A private river: Fantasy or reality?
- The government shutdown: River rights being wrongfully denied
- Social Media Competition
- Protect your rights to recreate on rivers: Help prevent littering!
- Hot topic: Is it a “taking” of private property for the public to use rivers?
- New Book, New Website!