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Public Policy Initiatives

The ACA is the primary organization advocating on behalf of paddlers at the local, state, and federal levels on a range of public policy issues pertinent to paddlers:

  • Work towards greater access to rivers, streams, lakes, bays and coastlines
  • Represents paddlers in meetings concerning lifejacket wear
  • Addresses paddlesports education standards from state to state
  • Represents paddlers in meetings concerning boat registration issues
  • Represents paddlers with state and federal entities



National Policy Initiatives by Topic:

State Specific Policy Initiatives:

Additional Information:

The ACA works with the following organizations in regards to public policy issues related to paddlesports:

  • American Whitewater (AW
  • Choose Clean Water Coalition (CCWC)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA
  • National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)
  • National Boating Federation (NBF)
  • National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC)
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Safe Boating Council (NSBC)
  • National Water Safety Congress (NWSC)
  • Outdoor Alliance (OA)
  • Outdoor Alliance for Kids (OAK
  • Lifejacket Association (LJA)
  • Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association (SUPAA
  • Stand Up Paddle Industry Association (SUPIA
  • United Safe Boating Institute (USBI)
  • U.S. Coast Guard (Headquarters and District level)
  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAux)
  • Western States Boating Administrators Association (WSBAA)
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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Phone: 540-907-4460
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