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ACA Celebrates the Designation of Mallows Bay-Potomac

National Marine Sanctuary - 2019 


The ACA celebrates the designation of the first National Marine Sanctuary in over twenty years. Mallows Bay is a collection of a ghost fleet of over 100 wooden World War I steamships. It is a haven for wildlife and paddlers, just a short drive from Washington D.C. 


Click here to visit the official Mallows Bay-Potomac National Marine Sanctuaries page to learn more. 






 ACA Continues to Support the Establishment of

the Mallows Bay National Marine Sanctuary - 2019

ACA officially signed on to a letter, alongside the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, to voice our continued strong support to Governor Hogan, Senator Van Hollen, Senator Cardin, Representative Hoyer, and Admiral Gallaudet. 


  • Please read the full letter here (PDF)



Conowingo Dam Relicensing - 2018

ACA officially signed on to an important letter, alongside partners with the Clean Water Coalition, addressed to the Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, the Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, Ben Grumbles, and Deputy Program Administrator for Maryland's Department of the Environment, Elder Ghigiarelli, to urge Maryland to impose conditions to require Excelon, the power company owning the Conowingo Dam, to participate as a financial partner in pollution control reduction projects and best management practices to mitigate downstream impacts on water quality standards that would ultimately affect the Chesapeake Bay. Please read the full letter by clicking the link below.


  • Letter to Governor Hogan (PDF)



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)






ACA Supports Proposed Mallows Bay - Potomac River

(MBPR) National Marine Sanctuary - 2017

On March 27, the ACA sent an action alert to members in Maryland and Virginia.  This alert called on these members to voice their support of the proposed MBPR Sanctuary.

  • Letter to State of Maryland (PDF)







Request to Modify Proposed Bill Re. Safety

Recently, a bill was written to the MD State Senate that was intended to improve on-water banning certain actions.  However, the bill was so broadly written that it could be interpreted to limit activities beyond that intent.  For example, several forms of sailboat racing involve “hiking-out” to gain speed yet keep the boat from tipping over. SB1147 could be interpreted to drastically limit this very popular Maryland sport. One could even interpret SB1147 to preclude riding on the side pontoons of white-water rafts such as is popular on the Youghiogheny River in Maryland.

  • Letter to Senator Joan Conway (PDF)


Maryland Access to Waterways

House Bill 797 provides an important opportunity to expand the public's access to Maryland's waterways for fishing,canoeing and kayaking -- one that can be achieved relatively quickly and at little or no cost.

One way to improve access is along our State's bridge crossings, road ends or roadways adjacent to waterways when they are being constructed or reconstructed.






Chesapeake Bay Treasured Landscape Initiative - 2010

The ACA has joined 22 notable other organizations and agencies in calling for the creation of a Chesapeake Bay Treasured Landscape Initiative in response to President Obama's Chesapeake Executive Order 13508.

The main focus of this initiative is to acquire a strong federal commitment and funding for:

  • Conserving the Chesapeake's landscapes
  • Enhancing public access
  • Improving interpretation and public education
  • Promotion of citizen stewardship
  • Restoration of critical fish & wildlife habitats

The ACA serves on the Access Committee and has a goal of adding 300 access points by 2025.

  • EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Letter (PDF)

ACA Mission

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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