The ACA is proud to announce that John Gussman, paddler, photographer, and cinematographer, is a recipient of this year's ACA Club Fostered Stewardship Grant Program, funded by L.L. Bean. His film, Return of the River, is a film about the largest dam removal project in the history of the United States. "It is the story of a river unleashed after a century of impoundment, and the extraordinary community effort to set it free... It is a story about the power of water, and the power of people who love a place."
"I am so excited that the American Canoe Association has provided me with this grant to help in the final production of my film," says Gussman. "It is such a great feeling to know you are not alone in the fight to help save our natural environment, and it takes many voices to make a change."
“The ACA is thrilled to be able to help John Gussman bring Return of the River to life," said Cate Huxtable, ACA Stewardship Coordinator, about the grant award. "Capturing the largest dam removal project in the history of the United States and the community efforts that made it possible, Gussman’s film stands as a testament to the extraordinary power of activists on behalf of a river and should serve as a beacon of stewardship for the rest of the country."