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ACA Supports Proposed Mallows Bay - Potomac River (MBPR) National Marine Sanctuary - 2017

On March 27, the ACA sent an action alert to members in Maryland and Virginia.  This alert called on these members to voice their support of the proposed MBPR Sanctuary.

  • Letter to State of Maryland (PDF)





Request to Modify Proposed Bill Re. Safety

Recently, a bill was written to the MD State Senate that was intended to improve on-water banning certain actions.  However, the bill was so broadly written that it could be interpreted to limit activities beyond that intent.  For example, several forms of sailboat racing involve “hiking-out” to gain speed yet keep the boat from tipping over. SB1147 could be interpreted to drastically limit this very popular Maryland sport. One could even interpret SB1147 to preclude riding on the side pontoons of white-water rafts such as is popular on the Youghiogheny River in Maryland.

  • Letter to Senator Joan Conway (PDF)


Maryland Access to Waterways

House Bill 797 provides an important opportunity to expand the public's access to Maryland's waterways for fishing,canoeing and kayaking -- one that can be achieved relatively quickly and at little or no cost.

One way to improve access is along our State's bridge crossings, road ends or roadways adjacent to waterways when they are being constructed or reconstructed.

Learn more about this project...

 Chesapeake Bay Treasured Landscape Initiative - 2010

The ACA has joined 22 notable other organizations and agencies in calling for the creation of a Chesapeake Bay Treasured Landscape Initiative in response to President Obama's Chesapeake Executive Order 13508.

The main focus of this initiative is to acquire a strong federal commitment and funding for:

  • Conserving the Chesapeake's landscapes
  • Enhancing public access
  • Improving interpretation and public education
  • Promotion of citizen stewardship
  • Restoration of critical fish & wildlife habitats

The ACA serves on the Access Committee and has a goal of adding 300 access points by 2025.

  • EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Letter (PDF)

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Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.

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