ARA announces 5th annual #DefendRivers paddle on Saturday, July 8


Contact:  Kelly Marshall

Alabama Rivers Alliance

(205) 322-6395 office or (205) 540-7385 cell
[email protected]



June 26, 2017



Water Is LIFE is the theme of the annual paddle with a purpose

Birmingham, AL – The Alabama Rivers Alliance (ARA) will host the 5th annual #DefendRivers “paddle with a purpose” on Saturday, July 8 with the mission to introduce the Alliance to Governor Ivey and highlight the importance of protecting the rivers throughout the state with a water management plan to ensure our rivers are flowing and our water is sustained for future generations.

ARA expects more than 125 people will travel down the Alabama River in a bright and exciting flotilla of boats, including paddleboards, Riverkeeper patrol boats, BASS fishing boats, kayaks and canoes. Everyone throughout the state– regardless of age or paddling experience – is invited to join the flotilla. Canoes, kayaks and personal flotation devices will be provided on a “first come first serve” basis to those who register before June 30.

“The Alabama Rivers Alliance is excited to be in Montgomery to introduce our Alliance to Governor Ivey and her administration,” Cindy Lowry, Alabama Rivers Alliance’s executive director, said. “Water is the most essential element of life and there is no greater priority for government and citizens alike than to protect our water resources. Water is crucial for drinking and also for our state’s economy in the Gulf, our wildlife in our rivers and our recreation throughout the state.

The #DefendRivers Campaign engages citizens across Alabama in raising awareness of water issues and communicating their significance to state elected officials and those seeking to become elected officials. The campaign was launched in 2014. For more information about the #DefendRivers paddle with a purpose, please visit

About the Alabama Rivers Alliance
The Alabama Rivers Alliance is Alabama’s statewide nonprofit water protection organization and is a network of groups working to protect and restore all of Alabama’s water resources through building partnerships, empowering citizens, and advocating for sound water policy and its enforcement. Our goal is to achieve healthy rivers, healthy people and a healthy system of government for the state of Alabama. For more information, please visit


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