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FAQs about federal law regarding public ownership, use, and conservation of rivers
Why River Rights? »
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
How NOR Works for You
Federal law confirms your rights to fish and walk along the banks of rivers that are navigable for raft, canoe, and kayak trips.
The catalyst for change through education
If you’ve had a chance to look around our site, then you might have picked up on the fact that though the law is in favor of the public's right to recreate on rivers, in practice the law is not being applied properly.
How does NOR work for you? NOR has embarked on an educational campaign. We are informing government agencies, landowners, and the public about court decisions that have already been made in your (the public's) favor. With Activist and Premium Memberships, NOR is sending information to government agencies, landowners, and the public, explaining the court decisions and how they should be applied to actually preserve rivers and ensure public access to rivers.
NOR is fostering a nationwide movement to get existing river law applied in reality on all rivers, thereby making a fundamental change in the future of river conservation and river access rights in all fifty states.
Think what it will mean to YOU if NOR is successful!
- Thousands of miles of rivers will be re-opened to you and to future generations for non-destructive visits, and will be held in trust for the public.
- Thousands of acres in the form of strips of land along rivers, containing important wildlife habitat, will be conserved.
- Numerous rivers that have no Wild and Scenic River designation, or other special protection, will nevertheless be partially protected from dams and other destructive projects, because they are navigable by paddle or oar craft and are therefore "held in trust" for public navigation and enjoyment.
- Numerous rivers that are now considered private property will be recognized as navigable public rivers, and various dams and diversions on them will be reduced or removed.
It’s exciting to envision it. And it’s very possible to achieve! The law is already in place. All that's missing is more people who know what the law is, and who help get it applied in actual practice. You can be one of these people.