As our planet faces increasing environmental issues due to development and misuse of natural resources, the ACA is committed more than ever to making the world a better place to paddle. June is National Rivers Month, and we are asking for your support to create healthy paddling environments and a cleaner planet for everyone by addressing one of the greatest threats to our waters: marine debris.
Of the estimated 6.14 million tons of debris that enter marine environments each year, 80% of it is land based trash that enters from freshwater rivers and streams. Who better to help prevent the accumulation of marine debris than paddlers?
The ACA's Stream to Sea Initiative equips individuals with the knowledge and tools necessary to clean navigable waterways and paddling environments while recreating. Utilizing the paddling community, one that already has a vested interest in the health of the nation’s waters, is an effective way to help remediate the growing amounts of debris that affect marine environments. Employing paddlers, a virtually untapped resource, in freshwater streams and rivers provides a sustainable network of stewards dedicated to reducing debris accumulation before it reaches coastal environments.
This is a three-pronged effort to educate, motivate, and model proactive on-water stewardship practices to curb marine debris through the following programs: