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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 $150,000 to over 160 different stewardship initiatives since its inception.


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 four 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.














The Allegheny Aquatic Alliance (AAA) mission is to restore the watersheds of Western Pennsylvania to their natural state by removing and combating pollution, reinstating the organic environment, and educating citizens of the threats to our waterways in order to empower and encourage public action for watershed preservation. In 2012, AAA successfully cleaned the first 10 mile stretch removing 54,873 pounds of marine debris, including 578 tires! The entire community supported this cleanup and over 150  volunteers contributed to its success. This year with the help of the L.L.Bean CFS Grant, AAA continued this crucial project.  










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.








Friends of the Chemung River Watershed is an Elmira, N.Y. based, eight-year-old, nonprofit environmental organization that promotes and protects the rivers and streams in the Chemung River Watershed; and encourages the public to better use, enjoy and care for our waterways. We build boat launches, trails and fishing access sites. We clean up trash, teach water safety, basic paddling and environmental stewardship. We lead guided paddles, hikes and cross-country ski trips along our trails and waterways.











SUNY Adirondak Adventure Sports: Our project, called Canoes for Community takes a more original approach to litter clean-ups. In September 2017, the SUNY Adirondack Adventure Sports Club will embark on a three day, thirty-two mile journey down Lake George. We will be paddling from north to south, following a historic trading and military route from the shores of Fort Ticonderoga to the beaches in front of Fort William Henry in Lake George Village. Instead of travelling with a small fleet of canoes or kayaks, our club will be paddling together in two 24-foot 12-man war canoes. Along the way we will be stopping at shoreline communities and campsites to gather the accumulated trash following a long summer season of tourism. We will also be visiting some of Lake George’s over one-hundred fifty islands to collect trash and debris from the nooks and crannies of these small hideaways, some of which are just big enough to host only a single tree. 










Kayak New Mexico builds courage, confidence, and character, one stroke at a time, through adaptive paddling programs for people with physical, developmental, or emotional disabilities or life-threatening medical conditions. Kayak New Mexico and its volunteers will clean various river access points and the river shore of the Rio Grande river from Bernalillo, NM to Alameda Bridge (12 miles) in Albuquerque, NM.  The clean up will occur over three different days with each portion of the river cleaned up on a specific day.









River Action strives to foster the environmental, economic, and cultural vitality of the Mississippi River and its riverfront in the Quad City region.River Action, in partnership with the IL DNR and Village of Milan, is improving park infrastructure and restoring the ecosystem at the Steel Dam in Milan, IL. Along with restoration efforts, we will offer environmental learning opportunities showcasing the value of natural spaces and local history. These programs will engage youth in stewardship, provide opportunities for hands-on, experimental learning, and inspire students to take active roles in their environment and community.



Paddlers 4 Conservation(P4C) is a 501 (c) (3) not-for profit organization organized in 2015 dedicated to providing opportunities for canoeing/kayaking while providing educational opportunities to discuss the importance of water quality, riverine habitat restoration, and community based volunteer opportunities.  Our mission is to restore and enhance the Tippecanoe River and Kosciusko County lakes and streams through hands on environmental stewardship and educational opportunities to preserve our lakes and streams for the future.  Founded in 2015, P4C now has more than 150 club members actively involved in river cleanup projects, organized family float trips, and numerous other educational programs involving paddling sports and aquatic based stewardship projects.



Harbor District, Inc. is a nonprofit organization working to create a new vision for the industrial Inner Harbor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our mission is to achieve a world-class revitalization of Milwaukee’s harbor that sets the standards for how waterfronts work – environmentally, economically, and socially – for the next century. Harbor District, Inc. is currently developing a Water and Land Use Plan to help guide future developments in the area, with an emphasis on sustainability, water quality, and improved public access to the water’s edge. Further, one of Harbor District’s priorities includes improved recreation and water safety.For the CFS grant, Harbor District, Inc., in partnership with members of the Milwaukee Harbor Safety Committee, propose a safety signage campaign for Milwaukee’s urban water ways featuring a series of safety messages visible to recreational paddlers while they are on the water. 








Coalition for the Northeast Ecological Corridor is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2005 by volunteers and members of the communities of Luquillo and Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Each year we organize various activities to educate and promote the conservation and protection of this Nature Reserve. Some of this activities are: Leatherback Turtle Festival in April, marking the beginning of nesting season which spans from April to September, “Hug the Corridor” event where we conduct a beach cleanup preparing for turtles nesting season and various outing trips such as: kayaking, bike rides, hiking and bird watching. Our CFS Project is a trash clean-up and Wood debris removal along with branches trimming in some areas to ensure the stream flow of the Sabana river and also to gain access to a small lagoon on the center of the nature reserve.












Vermont River Conservancy We are a statewide, water-focused, nonprofit land trust supported by people, like you, who believe that the protection of exceptional shore land is essential to the quality of life in Vermont. With your help, we can continue to protect popular swimming holes, breathtaking gorges, magnificent waterfalls, fishing and boating accesses, paddlers’ trails, wildlife corridors, watersheds and so much more. We also seek to improve Vermont communities’ flood resiliency by actively exploring new conservation approaches that convert flood-threatened private property to public open space for recreation and public access.




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.



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.

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