This year marks the sixth year for the Waterkeeper Alliance and Toyota partnership for SPLASH, a series of events that take place on waterways across the United States to support local Waterkeeper organizations. The events engage community members, outdoor enthusiasts, and people new to the water to participate in recreational activities on the water -- swimming, paddling, kayaking, fishing and more.
This year, a record 13 events will take place from Los Angeles to Miami to Michigan. Four of the 13 events will take place in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. For more information on SPLASH, check out this Waterkeepers Alliance video.
Here are the local events - mark your calendars!
- Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah!
June 8 – 19, 2016 | To benefit Potomac Riverkeeper Network
Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! is our second annual ten-day community outreach event that provides novice to advanced paddlers opportunities to spend a few days or just a few hours on the river, a rare opportunity to enjoy three National “water trails” that wind through a spellbinding corridor linked by land, water and history. Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! is partnering with the National Park Service celebrating our Nation’s River, the 100-year anniversary of the National Parks System and promote the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and their connection to our National Park System in positive ways that promote their economic value to our region.
We are teaming up with local outfitters to provide boats, equipment and shuttle service for daily and overnight paddle trips over the course of 10 consecutive days, starting June 8th during National Fishing and Boating Week, ending on June 19th at the Georgetown Waterfront, in Washington, DC. For more information, visit: http://www.potomacriverkeepernetwork.org/paddle-potomac-2016/.
- James River Rundown
June 11, 2016 | To benefit James River Association
Pick your distance and let’s go! The James River Rundown is a series of 140-mile, 100-mile, and 20-mile canoe, kayak, and standup paddleboard races running through the heart of Virginia on the historic James River. The James River Rundown is one of the longest races of its kind in the United States. Competitors will fight through wind, natural obstacles and fatigue to claim victory. All three races finish at an after party at American Legion Post 354 featuring food, beverage, and live music. All proceeds from the event benefit the James River Association. For more information, visit: http://www.jamesriverrundown.org/.
- Mayfly Festival
June 25, 2016 |To benefit Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper
Celebrate the Susquehanna at the Susquehanna Mayfly Festival, 10 am to 3 pm on June 25. The return of the mayflies represents our renewed commitment to having fishable, swimmable and drinkable water for all residents and visitors to our incredible river and surrounding lands. Enjoy the many displays by talented artists and makers, paddling and games for kids, locally-sourced food, and locally-sourced music! Come early and join in the 6th Annual Susquehanna Biathlon, a running and paddling event that let’s you experience why we love our river so much. Proceeds go to protecting and improving the ecological health, historical sites, and aesthetics of the Susquehanna Valley. For more information, visit susquehannamayflyfestival.com.
- Sunrise. Sunset. Susquehanna.
July 2, 2016 | To benefit Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper
Show your love for the Susquehanna River on Saturday, July 2, by joining Middle Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER® for its inaugural Sunrise. Sunset. Susquehanna. paddle-a-thon! Celebrate Pennsylvania’s 2016 River of the Year – the North Branch of the Susquehanna River – by splashing into its meandering blue waters and embarking on a full-day paddling adventure. From Sunrise at Berwick to Sunset at Danville, navigate 22 miles of this natural treasure and experience first hand what Middle Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER® works to protect, improve, and preserve. A special treat awaits those who make it to the very end! Reserve your spot today and make a SPLASH.