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The ACA is committed to making the world a better place to paddle!

Our paddling community explores waterways from small streams to the sea, making paddlers stakeholders and potential stewards of all waterways.

The ACA's Paddle Green and Stream to Sea programs focus on conservation and education activities that protect the environment, strengthen peoples connection to the outdoors, and foster stewardship ethics that protect our natural resources.

Paddle Green Bags 

A leading concern for the ACA is marine debris which originates on land and is washed into streams and down into our great lakes, gulfs and oceans. Our Paddle Green Bags help make beach and river cleanups easier.

Data about marine debris collected during cleanups is recorded in our Track Trash feature and shared with researchers and conservation managers.


L.L.Bean CFS Grant Program


Since 2002, the ACA has partnered with L.L. Bean to sponsor the Club Fostered Stewardship (CFS) Program. The CFS Program provides funding to local and regional paddling clubs and organizations that undertake stewardship projects on waterways in their area. 

The purpose of the program is to encourage paddling clubs to take an active role in protecting and improving the nation's waterways. 



Outdoor Alliance

As a founding member of the Outdoor Alliance, the ACA works on federal policy initiatives that protect environmental health and public access to our waterways. Learn more... 


Water Trails

Clean water, and appropriate access to that water guide the ACA in our efforts to provide the public with unique paddling opportunities.


Policy Letters

The ACA comments on behalf of paddlers on a wide range of issues at various levels:

  • local
  • state
  • federal


Leave No Trace for River Corridors

Want to learn more about how the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace apply directly to your favorite river?

  • Plan Ahead & Prepare
  • Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What you Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Paddle Green Events

Paddle Green events, offer the public opportunities to learn about the paddling environment, practice Paddle Green ethics and participate in Stream to Sea conservation projects while enjoying paddle sports on local waters. The ACA hosts Paddle Green events where members and staff work with the community on a spectrum of stewardship activities. Event hosts can receive the ACA Paddle Green Endorsement and event support by offering approved stewardship activities during their event.


For more information about stewardship opportunities please contact the ACA's Stewardship Department


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