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2015 CFS Grant Recipients
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The ACA is proud to be able to help local paddling clubs and organizations improve their waterways 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 $130,000 to over 135 different stewardship initiatives since its inception.

Take a look at the 2015 recipients and their projects!




The Anchorage Waterways Council (AWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization that was established in 1984. Its mission is to protect, restore, and enhance the waterways, wetlands, and associated uplands of Anchorage. This is accomplished through outreach projects, youth education, volunteer water quality monitoring, addressing issues and concerns with agencies and property owners, and organizing large community events, such as their annual creek cleanup in May.



The Boardman River Clean Sweep is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization located near Traverse City, MI. For the past three years, the ACA and L.L. Bean grants have been a major source of financial support for the acquisition of specialized equipment that has allowed them to sustain and increase their mission of river stewardship and restoration.



Cahaba Riverkeeper is a community-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with public charity status, organized in 2008 as a licensee of the global Waterkeeper Alliance. Cahaba Riverkeeper’s mission is to defend the ecological integrity of the Cahaba River, its tributaries and watershed to ensure clean water, a healthy aquatic environment, and the status of recreational sites along the river.




Greyhound Central Performance Academy (Eaton Rapids Adventure Club) provides high school completion opportunities to disenfranchised youth within the community. All of the students are talented and intelligent individuals who engage learning in an unconventional, real world environment. 





The Colorado River Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas is the only nonprofit dedicated solely to the conservation and protection of the Texas Colorado River. The Colorado River Alliance has been increasing community awareness of the Colorado River’s environmental and economic importance since 1994. They provide, conduct and support environmental science and outdoor education programs for youth, river cleanups, and other river-centered projects in efforts to bring awareness to the Colorado River.




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.


Friends of Waterbury Reservoir (“FWRes”) is a Vermont non-profit organization committed to protecting, improving, and enhancing the ecological, recreational, and community values of the Waterbury Reservoir. They accomplish this through stewardship, research, community involvement, collaboration with all stakeholders, and connecting people and place.




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



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.

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. PWP uses non-motorized boats exclusively, so they 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 and land-based cleanup crews cannot reach.




Plastic Tides is comprised of dedicated adventure conservationists with a common goal: shedding light on plastic pollution. They put their bodies and minds on the line to confront this serious environmental problem through novel means. Living solely on stand-up paddleboards, Plastic Tides' expeditions have taken them to remote locations around the world to both document the beauty and expose the rampant plastic pollution that threatens these wild ecosystems. Combining adventure and hard science, these expeditions bring fresh awareness to the ubiquitous problem of marine debris, at home and abroad.


River Restoration Adventures for Tomorrow is a 501(c)(3) Colorado non-profit organization dedicated to river conservation. The mission of River Restoration Adventures for Tomorrow is to aid in the restoration, conservation, and research of important river corridors, while fostering responsibility through environmental stewardship and education in order to preserve our watersheds for the future.





Established in 1981, the South Dakota Canoe & Kayak Association (SDCKA) is a volunteer based organization, passionate about getting people to explore the many waterways in South Dakota. SDCKA's mission is to promote paddling education, conservation, and safety throughout the rivers, lakes, and streams of South Dakota.



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


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

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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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