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2014 CFS Grant Recipients
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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 $120,000 to over 120 different stewardship initiatives since its inception.

Take a look at the 2014 recipients and the projects!



Allegheny Aquatic Alliance is a nonprofit organization devoted to water protection. Our mission is to restore the watersheds of Western Pennsylvania to their natural state by removing and combating pollution, reinstating the organic environment, and educating the community of the threats to our water in order to empower and encourage public action for watershed preservation.

The American River Conservancy (ARC) is a local, grassroots conservation organization working to protect wildlife habitat, native fisheries and recreational landscapes in California’s central Sierra Nevada.  We are also committed to providing experiential environmental education programs and engaging the community in habitat restoration and stewardship projects.

The Boardman River Clean Sweep organization celebrates its tenth year of river cleaning and river landing improvement. The centerpiece of our work last year was the largest post flood river cleanup, ever attempted by a 501(c3) in this area or in the State of Michigan as far as we know.  In 11 days, the BRCS teamed up with several organizations to remove more than 8000 pounds of large construction debris from some very remote areas of the Boardman River.

The Chincoteague Bay Field Station is a 501(c)3 non-profit residential environmental education center and field station located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The Field Station provides outstanding multi-disciplinary, educational and research opportunities that celebrate the rich natural, cultural, economic, and technological resources of the Mid-Atlantic coastal region through field-based and hands-on learning.

Chicago Voyagers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering at-risk youth through outdoor experiential adventures that foster healthy relationships and responsible behavior. Our activities include canoeing, biking, camping, rock climbing and cross-country skiing.

Since its founding in 1952, the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) has been the principal citizen advocate for clean water, recreational opportunity and migratory fisheries throughout the four-state Connecticut River watershed. We bring people to the river through paddles, angler workshops and educational events. Through our annual Source to Sea Cleanup and stewardship inspired recreational events, we provide river users and those curious about the river an opportunity to experience a strengthened relationship to our water resources.

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) is a 501(c)3 non-profit conservation organization formed in 1985 by citizens concerned with the health of the Rappahannock River.  Originally focused on the river where it flows through Fredericksburg, Virginia, FOR now works to conserve the entire watershed of the Rappahannock, from its headwaters in the Blue Ridge Mountains to its terminus where it flows into the Chesapeake Bay.

The Fox River and its tributaries offer a myriad of possibilities for exercise, recreation and education. In the Heritage Parkway area, power boating is well established but kayaking and other silent water sports are underrepresented despite the fact that these sports are growing in popularity exponentially.

Hackensack Riverkeeper is a 501(c) 3 environmental non-profit founded on the principle that all living creatures have an inherent right to clean water.  It is our belief that the best path to environmental preservation is through fostering community stewardship of the Hackensack River and its watershed.


The Illinois Paddling Council is an American Canoe Association Paddle America Club. Its mission is to advocate for and promote paddling in the state of Illinois.


Kayaks Unlimited is a non profit, all volunteer 501(c)4 corporation 
with a boat storage container located at Islais Landing in San Francisco. For the past nine years those partnerships have been supportive, productive and successful.  As a result, KU’s presence and stewardship of Islais Landing Park has attracted the
attention of several organizations that provide recreational opportunities 
for local youth—particularly youth at risk. 

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is an ACA recommended, 740 mile inland paddling trail tracing historic travel routes across New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine. NFCT connects people to the Trail’s natural environment, human heritage, and contemporary communities by stewarding, promoting, and providing access to canoe and kayak experiences along this route.

Outdoor Recreation and Community Access (ORCA) is the adaptive sports and recreation program of Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL). The ORCA program’s purpose is to promote inclusive recreation and adaptive outdoor pursuits for Southeast Alaskans of any age who experience a disability.

Paddle Without Pollution’s (PWP) mission is to restore and protect the health of the rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands of Pennsylvania through hands-on stewardship and education, thereby benefiting the region's communities, economy, and quality of life. We use non-motorized boats exclusively, so we can operate with very little or no impact to the environment, using volunteers in canoes and kayaks to get into ecologically sensitive and shallow areas that many boats cannot without damaging them and inaccessible areas that land-based cleanup crews cannot reach.

The Spokane River Forum is a non-profit organization that creates materials, events and activities to promote regional dialogs for sustaining a healthy river system while meeting the needs of a growing population.

The Teche, Ecology, Culture and HistoryEducation Project (T.E.C.H.E. Project), is a 501c3 organization (since 2008) focused on the health and recreation of the Bayou Teche watershed.

TSRA is a volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation, protection and restoration of the scenic, free-flowing rivers of our state.  We are active in making the waters of Tennessee accessible to the people of TN through access builds, as well as teaching safe paddling, doing river and creek cleanups and organizing fun paddling trips.

The Tennessee Valley Canoe Club is one of the oldest paddling organizations in the state of Tennessee. Current membership exceeds 300 individuals.  The club supports all types of paddling activities with an emphasis on safety, education, recreation, environmental stewardship and volunteerism.  The club offers family friendly year-round activities ranging from flat-water paddling and canoe camping to major white-water competition. TVCC has a history of working closely with the ACA, being a Paddle America affiliate and regularly sending members to various ACA training events.

The Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) works to permanently conserve and develop public access to the waters of Vermont. The organization was started in response to choice swimming holes, canoe put-ins, fishing accesses and waterfalls being put off limits to the communities that had traditionally used them. Since 1995, VRC has protected dozens of popular local swimming holes, fishing and boating accesses, fostering continued use for generations to come.

Warrior Institute is a 501(c)3 public charity located in Gainesville, Florida. Warrior Institute provides transitional and rehabilitative services for military service members, veterans and their families for no cost. The primary services provided are an innovative combination of recreational therapy and biofeedback training. Our recreational programs include primarily outdoor activities and other fitness based opportunities that help improve the physical and mental health and well-being of program participants.

We Love Clean Rivers, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to cleaning high use rivers by mobilizing the river recreation community in partnership with local environmental, recreation, and educational organizations. By coordinating with kayakers, rafters, anglers, scuba divers, and tubers to clean up waterways, We Love Clean Rivers broadens engagement with river restoration activities, increases the recreation community’s understanding of threats to watershed health, and provides unique opportunities (drizzled with fun) for the community to give back to the incredible resources we use year-round. 
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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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