The Northwest Indiana Paddling Association (NWIPA) was formally founded on January 18, 2009 as a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the region's paddling resources and opportunities, providing environmental stewardship of the region's waterways, education, and to be a link between the region's paddlers. NWIPA is now an IRS 501c3 non-profit organization!
The Blueways Stewardship committee of the NWIPA has been established to identify waterways in need of attention for log jam removal, trash cleanup, or other work to make them more accessible to paddlers and the public. The committee’s task is to organize the resources and volunteers needed to make this happen. Once opportunities for waterway improvement are identified, they will be prioritized by the committee as to the best ‘bang for the buck’. Although NWIPA has benefited from some generous sponsors, we will rely on volunteers willing to donate a little, or a lot of their free time to doing the actual work of cleaning up our streams and lakes, taking water samples for testing, and cutting out log jams. We know everyone can’t spend every weekend cleaning up rivers of course, because when would we have time to paddle?!? But even a few hours now and then to join in with a stewardship team will be a great help. What’s the reward? Clean and accessible streams, rivers, and lakes for all the region’s paddlers to use! We can play a part in making Northwest Indiana’s waterways a model of how clean and accessible a region’s rivers and lakes can be.
If you’d like to know more about how you can help, contact the Blueways Stewardship Committee Chairperson Gina Darnell at [email protected].
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