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"We want you, your children and your children’s children to paddle in clean water for generations to come."
-ACA Stewardship Department

Track Trash Submissions 

The ACA’s Stewardship Department is giving paddlers the tools to clean and protect waterways. The data you gather helps the ACA influence for-profit organizations and members of the government to keep funding open for clean-up programs like the ACA’s Stream to Sea Initiative.

Use the resources below:

Federal Agencies


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has taken the lead in the United States to identify the scope and sources of marine debris. According to NOAA, marine debris is any man made object discarded, disposed of or abandoned that enters the coastal or marine environment. It may enter directly from a ship, or indirectly when washed out to sea via rivers, streams and storm drains. It is estimated that 80% of marine debris is from land based sources.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to reduce the amount of trash and litter that enters streams and rivers, lakes and bays, beaches and coastlines, and ultimately the world's oceans. This Agency's work includes outreach and education, research, and new program partnerships. Trash and litter along our coasts and in our waterways can be harmful to our health, the environment, and the economy. Most trash that ends up in the water begins its journey on land.


Contributing Organizations to Track Trash Data Collection

The below organizations contribute valuable clean-up information to the ACA's online Track Trash Data Collection form. With this data collection form and our Paddle Green Bags the ACA gives paddlers the tools to mitigate marine debris and track it at its source in all waterway environments! We want to track the trash your organization removes and give you credit. By reporting this data it allows the ACA to report to local, state, and federal decision makers concerning trash issues on our waterways.



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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