We are very happy to announce that our Green Paddle for Waterway Conservation goes to Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation! This award is given annually to an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to paddlesports by protecting America's waterways.
The Friends of the Pecatonica River Foundation (FPRF) was founded in 2009 to improve the quality of the Pecatonica River in Illinois and to acquire and develop access points for paddlers and conduct paddling instruction and events. The group has worked with county, state and Federal agencies to acquire land for non-motorized boat launch sites, picnic areas, and hauled tons of trash from the river. They also developed two postcard booklets showing historic pictures of the river and town to raise funds to continue their river restoration and access efforts!
FPRF are encouraging use of the river by providing free monthly canoeing and kayaking instruction and also holding an annual competitive event.
The organization’s efforts have resulted in a significant increase in the use of the river during the last seven years. The National Park Service Department of the Interior, has recognized one of the developed access sites, called Atten’s Landing, as part of their Rivers and trails Program which was the only such project in Illinois.
If you would like more information about ACA's Awards, please follow this link: www.americancanoe.org/Awards