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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. 


  • Read the full letter here (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 Virginia (PDF)




ACA Supports Virginia Senate Bill 629 - Freedom to Float - 2014

The ACA believes this bill is a smart approach to allow non-motorized vessels to use non-tidal rivers, streams, and creeks for the purpose of recreation. SB629 allowes paddlers to float on drainage areas of at least seven square miles. These paddlers are not held liable for civil or criminal trespass for travel upon non-tidal rivers, streams, or creeks within this strict drainage area solely for recreation. 



Supporting Climate Protection on Earth Day - 2013

On May 22, 2013 in Fredericksburg Virginia, where the ACA's National Office is located, Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw helped celebrate Earth Day by signing the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. 

The support for this agreement is significant because more than two-thirds of the American population currently live in cities which are disproportionately affected by global climate change. Over 1,060 mayors across the nation have signed the agreement.

Under the Agreement, mayors of participating cities commit to take following three actions:

  • Strive to meet or beat the Kyoto Protocol targets in their own communities, through actions ranging from anti-sprawl land-use policies to urban forest restoration projects to public information campaigns.
  • Urge their state governments and the federal government to enact policies and programs to meet or beat the greenhouse gas emission reduction target suggested for the United States in the Kyoto Protocol -- 7% reduction from 1990 levels by 2012.
  • Urge the U.S. Congress to pass the bipartisan greenhouse gas reduction legislation which would establish a national emission trading system. The United States Conference of Mayors supported the creation of the federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, providing for the first time, grants to cities, counties and states to fund energy-efficiency projects.


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)

Potomac River - White's Ford - Access

The ACA is assisting the Northern Virginia Reginal Parks Authority in the development of a canoe and kayak launch at White's Ford on the Potomac River.

Volunteers Mike Aronoff and Greg Mallet-Prevost are providing valuable input.


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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