Wednesday, May 4, 2016

ACA Announces Winner of Earth Day Clean Up Challenge

On behalf of the ACA, we would like to extend our thanks to all of those who participated in the 2016 ACA Earth Day Clean Up Challenge. We truly appreciate the time and energy everyone donated to enhance your local waterways.

Great turnout for the clean up in Oregon!
We had over 20 clubs and organizations from 13 states participate in this year’s challenge.
  • Kansas
  • Virginia
  • Oregon
  • New Jersey
  • South Carolina
  • New York
  • Florida
  • Michigan
  • Texas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • New Mexico
  • Hawaii 
The Great Bay Paddlers Kayaking Club.
With 1,000’s of pounds of trash removed, including truck tires, over 20 TVs, and countless plastic bottles, you really made a positive difference for the environment.

As promised, for those clubs and groups who submitted their clean up data, along with a few photos, we held a random drawing at the ACA Office… and the winner of a weekend of free canoe, kayak or SUP instruction for 10 of their members is…

Kayak New Mexico, organized by Jane Bales

The Kayak New Mexico clean up crew.
Excerpted from Kayak New Mexico’s Report:

What an absolutely successful day for our Earth Day Celebration Cleanup! We had 27 people come out and help clean up the area on the east side of the river near US550. A total of 976 pounds of garbage and recyclables were picked up (359 pounds of recyclables - 190 pounds of beer bottles).

We included several of our adaptive paddling participants in the clean up too. One boy with autism, one adult with autism, one boy with Down Syndrome, one boy who is a triple amputee, and one woman with limited use of her legs! Such a fun time was had by all.

Below is an email I sent to a representative of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District for letting us use a key to the gate so we could more easily access the river for our participants with physical disabilities:

The key was a huge asset to have. Huge for many reasons. (1) We wound up having no dumpsters from Waste Management at the site, so one of our volunteers volunteered the use of his trailer. We drove the trailer down to where the most garbage was located and loaded it up there. (2) We had several individuals with physical disabilities assist us. A young man using a wheel chair and a woman who normally uses a wheelchair, but wore her leg braces instead. Being able to get both individuals down to the cleanup site and river without a key would have been very difficult.

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