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The ACA Stewardship Program at workFor those who know the immense joys of paddling or love being in or around water corridors, nothing is more critical to the experience of  the waters themselves, the nation's streams, lakes, and oceans. It is that unique and personal connection between users and nature that is at the heart of ACA's Stewardship.

The ACA is working hard to make the nation's recreational waters more paddle friendly and to increase the voice of users in policy decisions that impact users and the waters they cherish. The ACA is also supporting paddling clubs and grassroots organizations around the country in their efforts to care for the waters in their area.

The ACA will continue its focus on maintaining and enhancing both the water quality and access points for waterways for users at the local, regional and national levels.

ACA promotes Stewardship of the paddling environment in several ways:

  • We work for clean and healthy waterways, by supporting aggressive enforcement of the Clean Water Act, and sensible land use policies that will not adversely affect our nation's lakes, rivers and streams.
  • Support the development and promotion of watertrails.
  • Support the efforts of volunteers from paddling clubs, by giving them the tools to undertake stewardship activities on their local waterways.
  • We partner with L.L. Bean to provide funding to paddling clubs for volunteer-driven stewardship activities through the Club Fostered Stewardship Program.
  • We educate individual paddlers on their environmental stewardship responsibilities, and provide resources to local paddling organizations to assist with this education program.

For additional information about stewardship of your local waterway, contact the ACA's Stewardship Coordinator.

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