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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
River Law Poster-Handouts
The brief basics of river law and public rights on rivers
Put these poster-handouts in your boat or bag so you can defend your rights while rafting, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, or recreating on rivers, or take copies to hand out at your local government hearings, club meetings, or to your river companions. Hang up the poster-handout on community bulletin boards, in your outdoor store or fly shop, at coffee houses, or wherever others will be able to read it (with appropriate permission). The poster-handout gives people the following:
- A compelling introduction to river law, citing the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions and Acts of Congress.
- Opens people's minds to the existence of public rights on small rivers.
- Lets people know about the book, Public Rights on Rivers, which tells the whole story.
River law poster-handout
Click the following link bar to download the poster-handout about public rights on rivers in every state. Set your printer margins so that the poster-handout will fit on a single sheet of standard office paper, 8.5 inches x 11 inches.
"How to negotiate" handout
Click the following link bar to download the new handout about how to negotiate with landowners, law enforcement officers, and government agencies, to improve public rights on rivers in your area. Again, set your printer margins so the handout will fit on a single sheet of standard office paper, 8.5 inches x 11 inches.
Your membership and donations fund the research, writing, and national distribution of materials about public rights on rivers, and how to negotiate to improve them. Thank you for your support!