Row for Clean Water
Recognizing the importance of a sustainable effort to protect our water and our ability to row in perpetuity, USRowing has launched a new initiative in partnership with the nationally respected and established clean water advocacy organization, Waterkeeper Alliance. Both parties will work together to promote clean water and conservation through a grass-roots effort called “Row for Clean Water,” which aligns USRowing organizations with local Waterkeepers.
Together, the organizations will test, protect and clean up the waterways where we row; educate the rowing community on keeping the waters where we row clean; identify sponsors and funders to help us build awareness and make change; and host events bringing communities to the water.
The Waterkeeper movement grew out of the Hudson River Fisherman’s Association, a group founded in the 1960s to protect the Hudson from corporate pollution and help restore the health of the river.
Today, there are more than 240 Waterkeeper organizations on six continents protecting lakes, rivers, and costal waterways, all with the same goal — keeping public waterways swimmable, fishable and drinkable, and now thanks to the partnership with USRowing, rowable.
Most chapters are headed by a Riverkeeper or Baykeeper, and work closely with volunteers to help patrol and clean up the waterways.
“We’re thrilled to be working with a like-minded grass-roots organization with which we share a common goal: keeping our waterways clean, healthy and open for the enjoyment of all, including rowers,” said Beth Kohl, USRowing Chief Marketing Officer. “Rowing is a clean water sport and the work that the Waterkeeper Alliance has done and continues to do every day helps ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy our sport as much as our members do today. We cannot take clean water for granted.”
The national partnership between USRowing and the Waterkeeper Alliance, signed in 2015, will continue to reach out by engaging their respective memberships to further fulfill the aim of ensuring Clean Water for drinking, swimming, fishing and rowing.
Rowing clubs around the country can expect to hear more about the partnership and how to find the Waterkeeper contact in your area this fall. The Waterkeeper Alliance will also be at the USRowing Convention in December.
June 3rd – National Learn to Row Day (#NLTRD)
The 16th-annual National Learn to Row Day sponsored by USRowing and Concept2 will take place at rowing & health clubs around the United States. Rowers range in age from 12 to 90+, so it is never too early or too late to take up the sport. (Click here to learn more)