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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Public-Trust Ownership of Rivers

There is still much confusion regarding ownership of thousand of miles of rivers in the United States, and about the types of activities that are legal on that river, under the "Public Trust Doctrine" of law.

The only organization that I know of whose focus is on achieving public-trust ownership of rivers, conserving rivers through public-trust ownership, and ensuring the public's legal rights to enjoy rivers is the National Organization for Rivers (NORS).

The mission of the
National Organization for Rivers is to confirm public-trust ownership of rivers, by getting river navigability law applied in actual practice, on rivers both large and small. NORS is working to conserve natural rivers, and to confirm your legal rights to canoe, kayak, raft, fish, walk along, and otherwise visit rivers, in non-consumptive ways.

Check them out and, if you'd like to continue fishing the public places where you currently do, please consider joining them.