Friday, February 10, 2012

Helping Paddlers on the Raritan Bay

"Everyone’s support, including the groundbreaking support by the American Canoe Association, contributes to an energized partnership to revitalize the Raritan into a great American river."

--Denise Nickel, Senior Project Manager of Middlesex County Improvement Authority

The ACA's Club Fostered Stewardship (CFS) Program, funded by L.L. Bean, provides grants to local paddling clubs and organizations to help clean, restore, and protect the waters that they paddle on. Believing that every paddler can make a difference, this program allows the ACA to help support grassroots stewardship initiatives in your community!

One recipient of this year's funds is the Raritan Bay Paddlers Club! Less than a year old, this club is working to promote paddling in urban environments and conservation of their local waters. They applied for a grant to help build their capacity by purchasing a recreational kayak to be used by non-kayak owners on club trips and for stewardship initiatives in conjunction with the Raritan Riverkeeper.

"The Raritan Bay Paddlers Club is the first local community paddle club on the Lower Raritan. Their ideas and efforts should contribute to bringing greater attention to the recreational opportunities and needs on the Raritan. Our congratulations go to them. Thanks again," said Denise Nickel.

Check out other recipients of this year's CFS funds!

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