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Additional Information: Potomac River Closures - 2018

  • Canoe Cruisers Association (online)


Temporary and Sporadic Closures at Riley's Lock - Potomac River - 2017

The ACA offers the following official statement concerning the temporary and sporadic closures at Riley's Lock on the Potomac River per the establishment of the temporary security zone by the United States Coast Guard to protect the Executive Branch.

  • Letter to Congressmen Elijah Cummings (PDF)
  • Letter to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton(PDF)



Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Reauthorization Act of 2017

The ACA urges Congress to renew the Gateways program in FY 2018 so that communities across the Chesapeake Bay region can continue to create and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities and to connect all people with the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Chesapeake Bay Gateways Letter (PDF)


 Potomac River Parkland / C&O Canal

The National Park Service has requested comments on their Georgetown Nonmotorized Boathouse Zone Development Plan and Environmetal Assessment (EA).  The ACA is signing-on to the comments of the Defenders of Potomac River Parkland (DPRP), a coalition of conservation, recreation, and historic preservation groups.  In summary, the DPRP endorses the EA’s recommendations to maintain the current character of the Parkland and Canal.

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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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