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Take Your Stand and Be Empowered

January 15, 2014
Take Your Stand and Be Empowered

Take charge

Do you crave tangible impact for rivers in your area? When you donate, do you wonder where your support goes? Welcome to a new option offered by NOR: Sending river law information packets to the government agency (or person) of your choice. That’s right—give NOR the name and address of where you want the information packet to be sent, and the agencies in your area will receive revolutionary information explaining how rivers should be open to the public, and non-destructive recreation should be unhindered. This option gives you a direct way to advance river rights in your area

What do the packets include? NOR’s groundbreaking resources: the posterhandoutPublic Rights on Rivers book, and topped off by a NOR letter explaining the urgency of implementing and sharing this information with other law enforcement and locals. In spite of the busy lifestyles many of us have, this option gives you the ability to make a difference and take a more active role. You know the people in your area who need this information, so band together with NOR and have this vital information communicated to them.

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Find out where other people have sent packets and send your own packet today by clicking here

What’s next?

Once government agencies receive the information packets, what about the follow-up, making sure that river law ensuring public rights is applied? That’s where you come in, teaming up with NOR. We are in the preliminary stages of recruiting NOR Representatives around the nation. If you are passionate about making the rivers in your area “forever free,” you are who we’re looking for! More information about becoming a NOR Representative is coming soon…stay tuned!

Enabling YOU to make a difference

Too often, and for too long, other organizations have told you to simply support the work of people who will supposedly fight the river rights battle on your behalf through new legislation and litigation. However, that’s a false path to follow, because public rights have already been confirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s time for citizens like you to put existing law into practice. As an analogy, the Supreme Court rejected segregation in 1954, and the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that the state of Mississippi finally disregarded its own state law and followed federal law. People pushed the state government to conform to federal law, and the state government finally did. This is what NOR is empowering you and other people to do, all across the nation. NOR is providing the tools and resources, and backing you up to make the fundamental difference on rivers in your area and nationwide.

It’s a dramatically different approach from what you’ve probably heard before, but if you’re ready for change, take your stand and work with NOR to make it happen.

Comments (2)

  1. Cfalzarano83@gmail.com:
    Apr 09, 2014 at 07:49 PM

    Im new to this organization as of today, and ive just started a small fly fishing guide outfit in norhtern NJ. Speaking with consevation officers in NJ, ive been told that rivers surrounded by privat property can be floated without touching the bottom, but not fished. rivers with cabels and posted signs hung accross them are illeagle to even float down. My company would like to run drift boat fishing trips down rivers that are almost entirely surrounded by private land fishing clubs, im not sure where to start here considering the officers enforcign the law seem to be confused about the actual laws, unless New Jersey is different then the rest of the country. If anyone has any ideass on where to start or can help out with spreading the word of the law it would be very helpful. My business is at a standstill with doing float trips, and im sure many other guides here would like to start drifting! There is also a very large population of kayakers and canoers in the state and I would assume they would also apreciate any help that would allow them access to run private waters. Please help, i really dont fell like being arrested for fishing from my boat on a public waterway, but id be willing to if that would get the ball rolling.

  2. adminNOR:
    Apr 17, 2014 at 05:12 PM

    Hi Christian, thanks for your post and for joining the organization. You can refer to the book you will be receiving, the River Strategy Guide, Currents Magazine, and the handouts and posters. These resources will help explain how federal law (applies to all 50 states) has supported public recreation on rivers that are big enough for a kayak to go down (for commerce clause purposes that historically included the fur trade and log drives). Fences across rivers that are navigable are illegal. Start by reviewing the materials I mentioned, and then let us know what questions you have. Yes, many people would benefit greatly by knowing and sharing existing right on rivers, and that's why NOR is working on an educational campaign! We appreciate your support and sharing the info with others!

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