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FAQs about federal law regarding public ownership, use, and conservation of rivers
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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 truth is, conflicts often arise when you use disputed rivers.
When you encounter a river dispute, here’s what NOT to do:
- Do NOT quarrel with a landowner on a river bank.
- Do NOT make threats or use abusive language.
- Do NOT do anything that will get you arrested.
- Do NOT try to set up a "test case" in a local court.
What you CAN DO:
- Print the river law handout.
- Give the handout to parties involved in the dispute. Use this resource to have conversations, and direct those who need more evidence and info to our organization.
- Arrange a meeting with the parties involved, including local law enforcement.
- Become a NOR member and get the exclusive member resources (including more details on this subject and other river law) and book, Public Rights on Rivers.
This approach has worked to reconfirm public rights to access and recreate on rivers. You can read about one fisherman's story who followed this process and was successful.
For more details on this topic, become a member or login and check out the "How to Resolve River Disputes" page, located in the NOR member area.