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Policy Letters - National Initiatives
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2017 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill

The ACA has joined with 80 other organizations to oppose multiple facets of this House bill.

  • Opposition to this bill (PDF

 

Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act and the State National Forest Management Act of 2015

  • Opposition to these bills in 2016 (PDF)

 

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is one of the most important tools we have to conserve public lands and improve recreation. It's set to expire in Fall 2015, and we're urging lawmakers to permanently renew it. 

The ACA continues to advocate for full funding of the LWCF through permanent appropriations.  The ACA is working with the LWCF Coalition to urge the Senate to take action.  As far back as the fall of 2010, the ACA organized local human-powered recreation organizations from California, Minnesota and Montana to communicate their support directly to their respective Senators.

The ACA applauds the 2011 America's Great Outdoors Report to the President calling for full funding of the LWCF.

 

USGS Streamgage Support - 2016

In conjunction with the Interstate Council on Water Policy, the ACA supported an initiative on the importance of the National Streamflow Network and surface water data collection efforts of the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

No Child Left Inside Act of 2015

ACA and Outdoors Alliance for Kids signed a letter thanking Senators Mark Kirk and Jack Reed and Representatives Mike Fitzpatrick and John Sarbanes for their leadership involving the No Child Left Inside Act. This bill will encourage the integration of outdoor learning into regular school curriculum, provide grants to school districts, and support teacher training.

  • Congressional Thank You Letter (PDF)

 


“Every Kid in a Park” Initiative

ACA joined 47 other members of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids to thank President Obama for his “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, which waves entrance fees to public lands for fourth graders and their families during the 2015-2016 school year. 

  • Presidential Thank You Letter (PDF)


   

Fire Suppression Funding Solutions - 2014

The Partner Caucus on Fire Suppression Funding Solutions believes that the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, S. 1875 and H.R. 3992, offers a promising approach to managing emergency wildfire suppression costs without impacting other priority programs within the responsible agencies. This bill would fund a portion of the USFS and DOI wildfire suppression costs through a budget cap adjustment similar to the budget cap adjustment currently in use by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

  • Congressional Letter (PDF)

 

21 Century Conservation Service Corps - 2014

The ACA, a member of the Outdoor Alliance for Kids, signed on to express support for the development of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, and to urge the President to make 21CSC a highlighted Presidential priority.

  • Office of Social Innovation & Civic Participation Letter (PDF)

 

Protecting Oceans - 2013

The ACA along with businesses, and groups concerned with the future of our oceans and coastal resources urged congerees of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) to protect our oceans and coasts by supporting the National Endowment for the Oceans (NEO) and opposing any effort to undermine the National Ocean Policy.

  • WRDA Letter (PDF)

 

Kids on the Mall - 2013

The ACA staff and Board President Anne Maleady joined Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Wednesday June 26, 2013 walking, talking and having fun with 100 local youth at the "Kids, Youth and the Great Outdoors Festival” on the National Mall. Part of Great Outdoors America Week, Secretary Jewell was joined by White House Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, The Wilderness Society President Jaime Williams, and members of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids.

 


Clean Air Act - 2011

The ACA has teamed with the National Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited and over a hundred other organizations to oppose any effort to weaken the Clean Air Act.  Kayak fishermen and women - this also has implications for mercury levels in our nations waterways.

  • Congressional Letter (PDF)
Clean Air Act

 


 

America's Great Outdoors - 2011

The ACA is excited to be a part of this significant initiative.

In conjunction with the Outdoor Alliance and the Outdoor Industry Association, we sponsored eight "home grown" listening sessions to ensure that the human-powered recreation community is fully able to communicate it's ideas to AGO's leadership.

In addition, the ACA submitted a range of paddling and water conservation ideas through AGO's "Idea Jam".

We will continue to monitor, comment and participate as this initiative continues to develop.


America's Great Outdoors

Green Infrastructure Bill

Working with our partners at the Clean Water Network, the ACA urged Senators to co-sponsor the Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act, S. 3561. 

This legislation would reduce polluted storm water runoff by encouraging the use of green infrastructure techniques.

 

ACA comments on the Green Infrastructure Act

Support for USGS Water Data - 2009

Save a streamgage. Want to learn if the streamgage on your favorite waterway is at risk? Want to learn how to help save it?

The ACA has provided a series of easy steps that you, and your paddling club can take.

  • Congressional Letter (PDF)


 

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