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The ACA is committed to making the world a better place to paddle. As our natural resources face increasing pressure due to development and use, the ACA is promoting positive environmental stewardship within the paddling community though Paddle Green programs. This has become one of the ACA’s top priorities. Your support is vital to restore healthy paddling environments and cleaner water ways for everyone. Here are a few of the Stream to Sea Conservation projects the ACA is working on.
 
Marine Debris
Of the estimated 6.14 million tons of debris that enter marine environments each year, 80% of it is land based trash that enters from freshwater rivers and streams. Who better to help prevent the accumulation of marine debris than paddlers?

The ACA has been implementing an on-going Stream to Sea Initiative that will equip users with the knowledge and tools necessary to clean navigable waterways and paddling environments while recreating. Utilizing the paddling community, one that already has a vested interest in the health of the nation’s waters, is an effective way to help remediate the growing amounts of debris that affect marine environments. The ACA's Paddle Green Bags are a great way for anyone to help with marine debris removal.

 

With the help of the paddling community the ACA collects marine debris data through the Track Trash program. 

 

Invasive Species

In many areas of the country invasive species have become an issue in and along our waterway. The ACA supports efforts to remove invasive species and replace native species. These conservation projects restore appropriate wildlife habitat and stabilize soils.   
 
 

 

 


 

 

Click on the photos to learn more about our Sea to Stream Initiative!

 

If you want to volunteer with ACA's Stream to Sea Initiative, Click Here!

 
Become part of the solution and Paddle Green with the ACA!
© Macdonald Productions, used with permission from Bill Macdonald. Many thanks for working to document and inform others about the threats of marine debris.

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