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Support the Public Lands Pledge - 2019 


Support the protection of our most treasured paddling resources by joining alongside other outdoor adventurers in the #publiclandspledge. Represent the paddling community, and help the Outdoor Alliance collect 10,000 signatures and stories about why public lands matter. These stories will be shared with decision makers in early 2020 to continue building bipartisan support for public lands protections.  






Speak Up for Climate Solutions - 2019


Celebrate Earth Day with the ACA. Join alongside other paddlers and outdoor adventurers to voice your concern for climate change, and demonstrate to lawmakers that climate change is an important issue in the paddling community. Click the link below to join the campaign. 






Paddle Clean Water - 2019


The ACA helped draft a joint letter through our partnership with the Outdoor Alliance to urge the EPA to protect the waterways on which our members recreate, explore, and compete by rejecting the Proposed Rule revising the definition of Waters of the United States (“WOTUS”) that fall within the protections of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”). Please read the full letter below. 





Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

from Oil and Gas Leasing - 2019


The ACA recently submitted an official public comment to the BLM voicing strong opposition to any oil and gas leasing in the Arctic Refuge. Since the Tax Act of 2017 legally requires oil and gas leasing in the Arctic Refuge, the ACA advocated for the most temporally restrictive leasing plan, with amendments that permit paddling recreation. 


  • Official Public Comment Letter to BLM (PDF)
  • Leasing Alternative B (map)
  • Leasing Alternative C (map)
  • Leasing Alternative D1 (map)
  • Leasing Alternative D2 (map)
  • Tax Act 2017, see Section 20001, pp. 182-184 (PDF)



Protect Rivers through Historic Public Lands 

Package - 2019


The ACA sent a letter to members asking for comment on a historic public lands package that will provided protections for paddling resources across the United States, including designations of Wild and Scenic Rivers in Oregon, and protection of headwaters in the Methow Valley, Washington from hardrock mining. 


  • Letter to Members on Public Lands Package (PDF)



Save the Boundary Waters and Stop Hardrock

Mining Leases - 2019


The ACA submitted an official public comment to the

Bureau of Land Management voicing significant concern about the Interior's recent lease renewals for hardrock mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness. Please read our official letter to the BLM, and examine the impact map of potential pollution from the mines. 


  • Official Public Comment to BLM (PDF)
  • Impact Map of Acid Mine Drainage (PDF)






ACA Public Policy Chief Brett Mayer
 ACA Attends Outdoor Alliance Summit - 2018


The ACA recently attended the Outdoor Alliance Summit.The ACA is a founding member of the Outdoor Alliance, and works alongside other human powered enthusiast groups to protect the human powered recreational experience and to conserve public lands. The Summit focused on key issues facing public lands and strategies to position shared interests. Read below for the full story.


  • Letter to ACA members on OA Summit (PDF)










Paddlers Deserve a Seat at the Table - 2018                                                              

43% of paddling occurs on public lands. Recently, the Department of the Interior issued new instructions that speeds up the process for industry to lay claim to public land while doing away with the public process through the elimination of Master Leasing Plans, which gave stakeholders equal weight in deciding how public lands should be managed. Energy companies will be able to bid (as little as $2 an acre) for control of public lands through oil and gas leases that will outlast the current administration. There is no clear way for paddlers to protest these new rules. Read below for the full story.

  • Letter to ACA members (PDF) 



President Trump Announces Drastic Reductions

to  Utah Monuments: What theRollbacks Mean - 2017


The ACA stands in partnership with other organizations in opposition to the recent announcement to roll back national monument protections for Bear's Ear, Grand Staircase and several other important national monuments. This is a historic attack on public lands as what was once considered permanent protections.


  • ACA statement opposing national monuments rollbacks(PDF)





Interior, Environment and Related Agencies

Appropriations Bill - 2017

The ACA has joined with 80 other organizations to oppose multiple facets of this House bill. Among approximately 30 anti-environmental riders in this l

egislation, there are provisions that would undermine the country’s efforts to addre

ss climate change and protect our clean air and water, weaken land conservation, undermine farmworker protections, undercut endangered speciesand public health protections. 

  • Opposition to this bill (PDF





Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act and the State 

National Forest Management Act of 2015

H.R. 2316 and H.R. 3650 both propose to turn over wide swaths of National Forest System land to management by advisory committees appointed by state governors or to the states. These proposals would undermine collaborative Forest Planning efforts, circumvent established processes for public input and review like the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedure
Act, and take lands, in practice, out of multiple-use management in favor of timber development to the detriment of recreational and ecological values, as well as sciencebased management.

  • Opposition to these bills in 2016 (PDF)





Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is one of the most important tools we have to conserve public lands and improve recreation. It's set to expire in Fall 2015, and we're urging lawmakers to permanently renew it. The ACA continues to advocate for full funding of the LWCF through permanent appropriations.  The ACA is working with the LWCF Coalition to urge the Senate to take action.  As far back as the fall of 2010, the ACA organized local human-powered recreation organizations from California, Minnesota and Montana to communicate their support directly to their respective Senators.

The ACA applauds the 2011 America's Great Outdoors Report to the President calling for full funding of the LWCF.






USGS Streamgage Support - 2016

In conjunction with the Interstate Council on Water Policy, the ACA supported an initiative on the importance of the National Streamflow Network and surface water data collection efforts of the U.S. Geological Survey.





No Child Left Inside Act of 2015

ACA and Outdoors Alliance for Kids signed a letter thanking Senators Mark Kirk and Jack Reed and Representatives Mike Fitzpatrick and John Sarbanes for their leadership involving the No Child Left Inside Act. This bill will encourage the integration of outdoor learning into regular school curriculum, provide grants to school districts, and support teacher training.

  • Congressional Thank You Letter (PDF)










“Every Kid in a Park” Initiative

ACA joined 47 other members of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids to thank President Obama for his “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, which waves entrance fees to public lands for fourth graders and their families during the 2015-2016 school year. 

  • Presidential Thank You Letter (PDF)







Fire Suppression Funding Solutions - 2014

The Partner Caucus on Fire Suppression Funding Solutions believes that the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, S. 1875 and H.R. 3992, offers a promising approach to managing emergency wildfire suppression costs without impacting other priority programs within the responsible agencies. This bill would fund a portion of the USFS and DOI wildfire suppression costs through a budget cap adjustment similar to the budget cap adjustment currently in use by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

  • Congressional Letter (PDF)


21 Century Conservation Service Corps - 2014

The ACA, a member of the Outdoor Alliance for Kids, signed on to express support for the development of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, and to urge the President to make 21CSC a highlighted Presidential priority.

  • Office of Social Innovation & Civic Participation Letter (PDF)





Protecting Oceans - 2013

The ACA along with businesses, and groups concerned with the future of our oceans and coastal resources urged congerees of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) to protect our oceans and coasts by supporting the National Endowment for the Oceans (NEO) and opposing any effort to undermine the National Ocean Policy.

  • WRDA Letter (PDF)





Kids on the Mall - 2013

The ACA staff and Board President Anne Maleady joined Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Wednesday June 26, 2013 walking, talking and having fun with 100 local youth at the "Kids, Youth and the Great Outdoors Festival” on the National Mall. Part of Great Outdoors America Week, Secretary Jewell was joined by White House Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, The Wilderness Society President Jaime Williams, and members of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids.





Clean Air Act - 2011

The ACA has teamed with the National Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited and over a hundred other organizations to oppose any effort to weaken the Clean Air Act.  Kayak fishermen and women - this also has implications for mercury levels in our nations waterways.

  • Congressional Letter (PDF)



America's Great Outdoors - 2011

 The ACA is excited to be a part of this significant initiative.

In conjunction with the Outdoor Alliance and the Outdoor Industry Association, we sponsored eight "home grown" listening sessions to ensure that the human-powered recreation community is fully able to communicate it's ideas to AGO's leadership. In addition, the ACA submitted a range of paddling and water conservation ideas through AGO's "Idea Jam". We will continue to monitor, comment and participate as this initiative continues to develop.




Green Infrastructure Bill

Working with our partners at the Clean Water Network, the ACA urged Senators to co-sponsor the Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act, S. 3561. 

This legislation would reduce polluted storm water runoff by encouraging the use of green infrastructure techniques.










ACA comments on the Green Infrastructure Act



Support for USGS Water Data - 2009

Save a streamgage. Want to learn if the streamgage on your favorite waterway is at risk? Want to learn how to help save it?

The ACA has provided a series of easy steps that you, and your paddling club can take.

  • Congressional 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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