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Ringing in the New Year

December 31, 2013
Ringing in the New Year

Reflecting on 2013

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. We released the first book to fully discuss how and why the public has rights on rivers, a national handout and poster, a Colorado handout and poster, and several new website pages. The new website allows for easier use and navigation of river rights information. Thousands of fishermen, hunters, hikers, kayakers, canoeists, rafters, and river lovers are benefiting from the information NOR has been producing.

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In past years, NOR researched and worked with river law and litigation, and discovered what does and does not work in getting public rights on rivers applied in actual practice. Now that NOR has that long background to draw from, we are just getting started with the campaign to educate people nationwide about public rights on rivers, and are ecstatic about the coming year!

Looking ahead

In 2014, we plan to take big strides. A major effort will be researching and producing handouts for individual states. If you would like to donate towards the research for your state’s handout, you can go to the donate page and type your state in the “Donate in someone’s honor” box. We also plan to attend many river events to spread the word about public rights on rivers, to far more people. In addition, NOR will be adding new pages, information, and resources to the website. 2014 will be NOR’s best year yet!

Making an impact that’s tangible for YOU

You can now have NOR send a river law information packet (book, poster, handout, and NOR cover letter) to ANY government agency or person of your choice. That’s right, YOU in the driver’s seat regarding when and where river rights get recognized! You apply funds where you desire, and promote river rights in your river law information packetarea like never before. NOR will soon create a page that shows all of the government agencies and locations that have received information packets so far, so you can see progress nationwide!

If you wish to send a packet, simply go to the Donate page and scroll down to where it says “Send an Information Packet to a Government Agency,” enter the name, address, and payment information, and your packet will soon be on its way!

TAKE CONTROL of your river rights: Send an information packet today!

Tangible change and empowering you are NOR’s goals. You can help get public rights on rivers acknowledged and protected, now and for future generations, for all types of recreation--kayaking, canoeing, fishing, rafting, duck hunting, hiking, swimming, etc.

A toast to the future, and a toast to the past. Let us all resolve to do the best we can with what we've been given.

Happy New Year!

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