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In addition to promoting paddlesports Education, Stewardship, Recreation and Competition, the ACA is dedicated to improving the communities we live and paddle in.

In an effort to promote community responsibility across the country, the ACA National Office Staff engages in the following for Fredericksburg, Virginia and the surrounding area:

  • Trains local canoeists and kayakers in swiftwater rescue techniques on the Rappahannock River
  • Provides hands on canoe training for the Friends of the Rappahannock volunteer trip leaders
  • Hosted the National Paddlesports Conference in Fredericksburg in 2008 and 2009
  • Conducts multiple paddlesports safety programs each year for area Boy Scout Troops and Cub Scout Packs
  • Volunteers with the annual Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race, which donates the proceeds to the Fredericksburg Rotary Club, the Fredericksburg Swiftwater Rescue Team and Friends of the Rappahannock
  • Worked with the Fredericksburg Watershed Manager, Lee Sillitoe, on signage at river access points along the Rapidan and Rappahannock rivers
  • Sponsoring organization of RiverFest, the primary fundraiser each year for the Rappahannock River Watershed
  • Provides internship opportunities to University of Mary Washington students each semester
  • Provided the Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Department with paddlesports safety brochures in English and Spanish
  • Provides yearly paddlesports safety presentations for the community
  • Worked with local artists to create a symbolic mural of Fredericksburg and the Rappahannock River on the side of the ACA Office facing the new Riverfront Park
  • Annual ACA Paddle Green Event, Celebrate the Rapp! in downtown Fredericksburg
  • Conducts an Office Recycling Program: paper, plastic, cardboard, aluminum, & electronics.
  • Sponsors a boy and girl during the Holiday Season. 

Whether you are an ACA member, Paddle America Club, Pro School, or Instructor, please consider how you can make a positive difference in your immediate community.


Paddling Community 

Part of our duty as paddlers and good stewards of our waters is to recruit others to join the cause and help fight for healthy rivers! How do you help make the world a better place to paddle? Send your pictures and short stories to the ACA Stewardship Coordinator to be part of our community board!

ACA Staff Member, Amy Ellis, cleaning up the Rapphannock River on our lunch break, Fredericksburg, VA
Alzar School riparian restoration project, Boise, ID
Boardman River Clean Sweep, Traverse City, MI
ACA volunteer helping to install a rain garden at our LOVE the Lake Paddle Green event, Lake George, NY
Durbin Creek Wilderness Society install bird houses along the Bartram Canoe Trail, Jacksonville, FL
Volunteers with the Calumet Waterway Stewards help to clean the Little Calumet River, South Holland, IL
Volunteers with SCSU Outdoor Endeavors install fishing line recepticles at boat launches in conjunction with the City of St. Cloud and Minnesota DNR, St. Cloud, MN Ross Anderson holding up an ACA Paddle Green Bag before taking off on the 3rd Annual LOVE the Lake paddle, Lake George, NY
Volunteers from Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks Inc. and Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) restore Kailua's offshore islands: The Mokuluas and Popo'ia
Alzar School students remove a metal culvert from Indian Creek, Boise, ID Volunteers from We Love Clean Rivers, Inc. pulling out close to 5,000 pounds of steel out of the Clackamas during their 10th Anniversary of the Clackamas Down the River Cleanup! Portland, OR
Large-scale debris removal projects were conducted by the Greater Baltimore Canoe Club as part of the Annual Patuxent River Cleanup, Patuxent Greenway dump site, MD
Jason Self, from Out of Sight, Out of Mind, collects trash off of the rivers he paddles, Portland, OR
Little Falls forest planning, VA Volunteers help to cleanup 3,280 pounds of trash out of the Rappahannock River during our Celebrate the Rapp! Paddle Green event, Fredericksburg, VA An example of the plastic that pollutes our waters courtesy of paddler, Jason Self
Visitors of the ACA booth are excited to go use their new marine debris bags! OR Summer Market, Salt Lake City, UT

Rain garden volunteers proudly show off their

ACA Stewardship Coordinator, Cate Huxtable, poses with the ACA/NOAA marine debris bags and tires cleaned up with REI's Richmond Get Dirty! team and Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Clean the Bay Day volunteers

Diver's retrieve sunken boats and debris at the Boardman River Clean Sweep, Traverse City, MI
Boardman River Clean Sweep, Traverse City, MI

Young volunteers help clean up the river at Friends of the Rappahannock's Tidal River Cleanup, Simonson Creek, VA

Chris and Shay cleanup the local beaches, OSOM, Portland, OR
Boardman River Clean Sweep, Traverse City, MI

Boardman River Clean Sweep, Traverse City, MI
Boardman River Clean Sweep, Traverse City, MI

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