The ACA is proud to be able to help local paddling clubs and organizations to help improve their waters and make this world a better place to paddle! Through funds provided by L.L. Bean, the ACA's Club Fostered Stewardship (CFS) Program has provided nearly $110,000 to over 100 different stewardship initiatives since its inception.
Take a look at the 2013 recipients and the projects!
Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association (TSRA) is a volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation, protection and restoration of the scenic, free flowing rivers of this state. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the organization has approximately 1,000 members across the state. TSRA successfully built an access for paddlecraft on Whites Creek with the CFS grant they were awarded.
The Boardman River Clean Sweep (BRCS) is a volunteer based non-profit organization formed in 2011. On June 2, 2012, they conducted the 8th annual community-wide cleanup of the Boardman River. Over 70 volunteers turned out on Saturday, June 8th to work in 6 section on the Boardman River. Volunteers from BRCS were on foot in the Downtown Boardman area and removed over 500 pounds of marine debris from the river. The volunteers were placed into 6 groups. Each group had digital cameras to document the different sections of the clean-up.
The Black Creek Watershed Coalition (BCWC), with the help of the L.L.Bean CFS Grant, created the Black Creek Watershed Map. BCWC would not have been able to reach their target funding to create the map without the CFS Grant. The Guide Map allows area users to keep the beautiful photographic and graphic design work of the late Christine Sevilla in front of the public while giving the BCWC one of the most popular "calling cards" any member has ever had the pleasure of handing out. The timing of the grant was in high season for reaching people who live, work and recreate in the watershed and on Black Creek.
Friends of the Chemung River Watershed (FCRW) removed more than eight tons of trash and litter from in and along the Chemung River in Chemung County, NY. The CFS grant funds were used to purchase items such as trash bags, work gloves, safety vests, whistles, rakes, shovels, pry bars, water coolers, first-aid kits, sunscreen, insect repellent and covered transportation costs. The CFS grant allowed FCRW a safer waterway environment and for more people to volunteer in the cleanups and to remove marine debris from the waterway environment.
|The Allegheny Aquatic Alliance (AAA) mission is to restore the watersheds of Western Pennsylvania to their natural state by removing and combating pollution, reinstating the organic environment, and educating citizens of the threats to our waterways in order to empower and encourage public action for watershed preservation. In 2012, AAA successfully cleaned the first 10 mile stretch removing 54,873 pounds of marine debris, including 578 tires! The entire community supported this cleanup and over 150 volunteers contributed to its success. This year with the help of the L.L.Bean CFS Grant, AAA continued this crucial project and focused on another 20 mile section.
The Florida Youth Conservation Center Network (FYCCN) "Paddling Pickup" is designed to foster conservation stewardship and demonstrate how paddling enthusiasts of all ages can facilitate restoration of Florida’s scenic waterways. The FYCCN provided the opportunity, training and leadership needed for youth paddlers to assist in restoring and protecting the Sopchoppy River and Lake Munson through hands-on education and stewardship. Twenty-five of the FYCCN’s kayaks were utilized by volunteers of all ages and paddling abilities. Paddlers focused on shallow areas of the river and lake, removing debris and trash from the waters that could not typically be reached by motorized boat or land-based cleanups.
Chicago Voyagers (CV) hosted seven clean-up events at Busse Lake outside of Chicago Illinois. CV's goal was to host a series of canoe training's and clean-ups, engaging 70 participants. CV exceed their goal by having more than 80 people participate in the program. CV had seven groups work to clean up Busse Lake via their canoe training programs. CV also trained 55 youth on canoeing skills.
Paddle Without Pollution’s (PWP) mission is to restore and protect the health of waterways of Pennsylvania through hands-on stewardship and education, thereby benefiting the region’s communities, economy, and quality of life. PWP uses non-motorized boats and operates with very little impact to the environment. PWP had thirteen cleanups in 2012 and removed more than 30,773 pounds of marine debris and illegally dumped debris from Pennsylvania’s watersheds. PWP received two Proclamations from the City of Pittsburgh for their efforts, and engaged over 340 volunteers. PWP’s 2013 Watershed Stewardship Campaign continued to decrease the amount of marine debris and hazardous materials in the states waterways and achieve immediate visible results.
The Kentuckiana Paddlers Association (KPA) decided something needed to be done that would not only encourage paddling, but also be something that would be constantly and consistently updated to better serve the community and encourage more beginners to enter the sport. After a lot of discussion KPA decided that it would set up a wiki site that would be monitored by 12-15 administrators at the start. Working with Wikispaces, a site originally designed for schools and colleges KPA started a wiki that would include all paddling trips in the Louisville Metro area that they hope will grow beyond our area. Wikispaces provides an ad free site as well as the means to only allow certain admins to post to the site. The site was created and they invited 15 people who had expressed an interest in the idea to upload paddling trips based on a consistent set of data points.
Great River Paddlers Club (GRPC) has providing improvements to the Washington Street Park and the Campion Boat Landing in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. This will increase walking, biking, and boating access to the Mississippi River.It is with great pleasure that Great River Paddlers Club reports that our Washington Street Park Project has just been completed. Because of the support from L.L.Bean and the ACA the City of Prairie du Chien Parks & Recreation Department is proud to now be able to offer this upgraded ”new” park to the community.
The Alzar School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that sits on a 102 acre site on the North Fork of the Payette River in Idaho. This site, with over 1.3 miles of river frontage, serves as the school’s campus for generations of young leaders. The school offers semester-long leadership training programs for students in 10th and 11th grades, with an emphasis on outdoor adventure sports (such as paddling!) and environmental stewardship. The funds from the ACA and L.L.Bean helped acquire native willows and tools and equipment to install tree revetments. Additionally, this past year, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality funded a $20,000 grant to expand this project.
In 2008 the Interact Club of Addison Trail High School (ICATHS) adopted 4 miles of salt creek and are committed to cleaning-up this section of waterway annually. Within the past two years ICATHS sister high school, Willowbrook High School has joined ICATHS to add another 2 miles. Weeks prior to the clean up day, ICATHS students will receive a three hour canoe lesson from certified instructors and learn canoe safety and basic paddling skills. ICATHS students and staff take canoes and remove marine debris in and along the creek. This project includes disposing of marine debris, tires and house hold items. Over half of the students have never volunteered or taken part in clean-ups giving the students an appreciation for nature.
Quinnipiac River Watershed Association (QRWA) has started a clean-up in the Upper Quinnipiac River Canoe and Kayak trail. QRWA has maintained the trail since 1998. QRWA has a staff of volunteers who are train to run various types of equipment. QRWA is in the process of purchasing chain saws, tree de-limbers, ropes, straps and come-along-winches. Sections of the river run along nature trails and different access points.