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ACA Stewardship Initiatives

State Director Steve Barber on ACA Stewardship:

The ACA Director of Pennsylvania, Steve Barber, sees the power of the ACA in its people. The ACA works not only to help on the level of picking up trash, as with its green bags. The ACA also has the people and the manpower to arbitrate, giving access for all to the rivers.

Not only does the ACA give access to all to the rivers, it helps on the legislative level to keep those rivers clean.

Read more below from the ACA on the waves of water change they make across the nation.

ACA and other organizations join in writing Members of Congress on Fire Suppression Funding Solutions

The Partner Caucus on Fire Suppression Funding Solutions believes that the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, S. 1875 and H.R. 3992, offers a promising approach to managing emergency wildfire suppression costs without impacting other priority programs within the responsible agencies. This bill would fund a portion of the USFS and DOI wildfire suppression costs through a budget cap adjustment similar to the budget cap adjustment currently in use by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

To Read the Letter, Click Here.



ACA comments on the East Branch of the Little Calumet River NPS Environmental Assessment 

The purpose of this letter is to express the ACA’s support of opening the Little Calumet River East Branch, a tributary to Lake Michigan, to paddling, and the development of a National Water Trail on the East Branch of the Little Calumet River.

To Read the Letter, Click Here.

ACA joins 62 others in writing to the Secretary of Agriculture for the 2008 Tongass National Forest Plan 

The Tongass National Forest is in southeast Alaska. We wrote to express our support for a land management plan for the Tongass

National Forest that ends large-scale old growth logging and shifts management focus on the Tongass Towards sustainable, job-creating industries like fishing, tourism and recreation.

To Read the Letter, Click Here.




ACA Supports Utah House Bill 37 – Protecting Public Water & Property Rights

This bill helps restore historical public uses of streams that are capable of floating cut timber or that can be navigated by recreational boats during ordinary high water. It allows wading, walking and fishing in the stream corridor below the ordinary high water mark.

To Learn More, Click Here.




ACA Supports Virginia Senate Bill 629 – Freedom to Float

The ACA believes this bill is a smart approach to allow non-motorized vessels to use non-tidal rivers, streams, and creeks for the purpose of recreation. SB629 allowes paddlers to float on drainage areas of at least seven square miles. These paddlers are not held liable for civil or criminal trespass for travel upon non-tidal rivers, streams, or creeks within this strict drainage area solely for recreation.

To Learn More, Click Here.



21 Century Conservation Service Corps

The ACA, a member of the Outdoor Alliance for Kids, singed on to express support for the development of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, and to urge the President to make 21CSC a highlighted Presidential priority.

To Learn More, Click Here.



Protecting Oceans

The ACA along with businesses, and groups concerned with the future of our oceans and coastal resources urged congerees of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) to protect our oceans and coasts by supporting the National Endowment for the Oceans (NEO) and opposing any effort to undermine the National Ocean Policy.

To Learn More, Click Here.



The ACA Supporting Climate Protection on Earth Day

On May 22, 2013 in Fredericksburg Virginia, where the ACA’s National Office is located Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw helped celebrate Earth Day by signing the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.

The signing took place at Old Mill Park, 2410 Caroline Street at 4 p.m. The support for this agreement is significant because more than two-thirds of the American population currently live in cities which are disproportionately affected by global climate change. Over 1,060 mayors across the nation have signed the agreement.

To learn more, Click Here.


ACA Green Bags

At the ACA, we believe that recreation and stewardship are not mutually exclusive.

Over 80% of the 6.14 million tons of debris that enter marine environments annually come from inland waterways.  As paddlers, we spend a lot of time on these inland waterways.

With ACA Paddle Green Bags, you can turn any adventure on your favorite waterway into a stewardship event. The next time you go paddling, take a Paddle Green Bag on your excursion and see how much you can improve your waterway by removing marine debris!

Paddle Green Bags come with a Track Trash Tag, which makes it easy to record what you collect and upload your data to the ACA website!

 Made with a durable, abrasive resistant mesh, Paddle Green Bags will withstand the wear and tear paddlers tend to put on gear. With two bag sizes, you are sure to find a fit for your watercraft, whether you kayak, raft, SUP, or canoe!

Paddle Green Bags are manufactured within 250 miles of the ACA National Office, allowing us to minimizing transportation distance and reduce our carbon footprint.  Additionally, any proceeds from the sale of Paddle Green Bags will be used to fund Paddle Green Events and cleanups.  With Paddle Green Bags and the Stream to Sea Initiative, the ACA is committed to making the world a better place to paddle!

Buy the ACA Large Paddle Green Bag

Buy the ACA Small Paddle Green Bag

ACA and Outdoor Alliance

The ACA is one of the founding members of the Outdoor Alliance (OA), the nation’s premier human powered recreation group.

OA is comprised of:

  • ACA | Canoe – Kayak – SUP – Raft – Rescue
  • Access Fund
  • American Whitewater
  • International Mountain Bicycling Association
  • Winter Wildlands Alliance

The Outdoor Alliance’s mission is simple, To ensure the conservation and stewardship of our nation’s land and waters through the promotion of sustainable, human-powered recreation.

The five members of Outdoor Alliance have a long tradition of preserving public access to America’s Outdoors – making sure people have trails to hike, waters to paddle, mountains to ski, and crags to climb. But preserving access alone is not enough. What good is a trail if the forest is trashed out? What good is access to a river if the water is polluted? So our groups came together to pool our resources and protect the places we care about.

We work together to make a difference — for today and tomorrow.

Learn more about the ACA’s work on your behalf with the Outdoor Alliance…

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