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The NOR Story »
NOR began operations by mailing Currents magazine

Why Believe NOR Literature »
NOR distributes its literature to the public, lawyers and government agencies

Our Mission and Vision »
To educate the public about public rights on rivers

How NOR Works for You »
We inform government agencies, landowners, and the public

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The present NOR directors are seeking additional directors to serve on the national Board of Directors.

Learn More About River Law

River Law Fact Or Fiction »
Does a landowner's property deed include the river

On-River Conflicts »
Conflicts will often arise when you are using rivers in controversy

Why You Need the eBook Public Rights on Rivers »
Public rights are routinely ignored, disregarded, and denied

Frequently Asked Questions »
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

River Law

River Law: Fact or Fiction

River Law: Fact or FictionThe U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that "rivers that are navigable in fact are navigable in law." If a river is physically navigable, it is legally navigable. No court or agency has to designate it as such. ... Learn more »

On-River Conflicts

On-River ConflictsThe truth is, conflicts will often arise when you are using rivers in controversy. What you should do if a conflict erupts ... Learn more »

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked QuestionsFollowing are answers to FAQs about federal law regarding public ownership, use, and conservation of rivers. Note that this is a general discussion, and is not a substitute for legal counsel on a specific river issue! State law in a particular state may modify some of the following. The following information, which is part of a continuing project of research and publishing about river law, is made possible by the generosity of the members of the National Organization for Rivers. ... Learn more »

Why River Rights

Why River RightsThere is a BIG Difference throughout America between what the law says about rivers, and the way rivers are used in practice. 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. ... Learn more »

Why you should get
"Public Rights on Rivers"

Since the 1970s, your rights to enjoy rivers have been severely reduced. This situation is all the more deplorable because public rights on rivers have been repeatedly confirmed by the highest court in the nation, the U.S. Supreme Court. Nevertheless, public rights are routinely ignored, disregarded, and denied, on thousands of miles of rivers, by landowners, local law enforcement personnel, and state and federal government agencies. ... Learn more »

How to use NOR materials in actual river disputes

How to use NOR materials in actual river disputesPeople have asked for more specifics about how to use NOR handouts, posters, and the book in actual practice, particularly in states that have law “on the books” restricting public rights on rivers. NOR will be publishing a more detailed guide about this in the coming months, but meanwhile here is a brief example. This example involves the state of Colorado, but the same principles apply in Illinois, Georgia, and other states. ... Learn more »

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