Monday, September 16, 2013

Green Paddle Award for Waterway Conservation

The ACA is proud to recognize Tom Eckels with the 2013 Green Paddle Award for Waterway Conservation.

Tom is the Program Manager for the Illinois Water TrailKeepers (IL WTK) Program, which is jointly sponsored by Openlands and the Illinois Paddling Council. The program recruits and trains canoeists and kayakers to "adopt" a waterway for the purpose of cleaning it up (trash removal) and to report conditions to appropriate authorities regarding hazards to humans, log jams, portages, dump sites, and pollution sources. This information is also made available to the greater paddlesports community. As a coordinator of volunteers, Tom is also a volunteer. His work is driven by his love for paddling and strong desire to protect the integrity of our waterways. 

Learn more about Tom Eckels and previous Green Paddle Award winners...

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