7th Annual SPLASH Event Series, Presented Nationally by Toyota


Waterkeeper Splash 2017

We’re thrilled to announce the locations of our 7th Annual SPLASH Event Series, presented nationally by Toyota!

Waterkeeper Splash 2017

The 2017 season of SPLASH events will take place on waterways across the United States. The series supports local Waterkeeper organizations by engaging community members and outdoor enthusiasts in events comprised of water-based recreational activities like swimming, paddling, kayaking, fishing and much more.

“Engaging people with their local waterways is a crucial part of securing drinkable, fishable, swimmable water,” said Marc Yaggi, executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance. “We are grateful for Toyota’s commitment to the environment and clean water – exemplified by the Toyota Mirai – and thank them for another great year of supporting the health of communities and their waterways through the SPLASH Event Series.”

“Beyond our own water conservation and watershed protection activities, through this partnership we aim to drive awareness in the community about the importance of protecting our water resources,” said Kevin Butt, general manager of environmental sustainability, Toyota Motor North America. “The SPLASH series provides a fun way to contribute to water conservation projects and make a difference.”

See below for the full lineup, and get ready to make a SPLASH with us this summer!

Earth Fest Overpeck Recycled Regatta

May 20, 2017 | Bergen County, NJ | To benefit Hackensack Riverkeeper

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Join Bergen County Parks and Hackensack Riverkeeper as we celebrate the beauty of our Earth, the importance of clean water, and a healthy environment at the 4th Annual Bergen County Parks EarthFest Overpeck. A festival with Food Trucks, Environmental Children’s Activities, Rain Barrel Workshop, Birds, Bats and Bees, Face Painting, Recycled Regatta, Green Vendors, Live Music and more await you.

Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival

May 20, 2017 | Roswell, GA | To benefit Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

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Paddlers of all ages and skill levels will take to the water on Saturday, May 20, for the 15th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival. Organized and presented by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) in partnership with the National Park Service and the City of Roswell, the event is organized to celebrate the Chattahoochee and foster a sense of community around the river that serves 3.5 million Georgians and 70% of metro Atlantans. The Festival, held at Roswell’s Riverside Park, is FREE and family-friendly. Racers and others will enjoy LIVE music plus an array of exhibits that include local artisans and farmers market vendors. For more information, visit chattahoochee.org/back-to-the-chattahoochee-river-race-festival

Publix Grandman Triathlon

June 3, 2017 | Fairhope, AL | To benefit Mobile Baykeeper

Mobile Baykeeper Grandman2017The Publix Grandman Triathlon begins with the racers jumping off the Fairhope pier into Mobile Bay and swimming 1/3-mile to the shore. After the swim, racers immediately bike 18 miles throughout the city of Fairhope up a grueling hill and through miles of the scenic countryside before finishing the race with a 5K run alongside Mobile Bay. The Publix Grandman Triathlon benefits Mobile Baykeeper’s efforts for clean water, clean air, and healthy communities in the Mobile Bay Watershed.

River Palooza

June 3 – September 24, 2017 | D.C., VA, MD and WVA | To benefit Potomac Riverkeeper Network

16-1713A-Riverpalooza-Logo-168x300RiverPalooza is a season-long annual event providing a wide range of on-the-water and paddling events with our Riverkeepers and in partnership with the region’s best outfitters. RiverPalooza 2017 kicks off on June 3rd with our Make a SPLASH for Clean Water Day at Harpers Ferry — including paddling, rafting, tubing and a big party with BBQ and a bluegrass band. In addition, several outfitters support this event and our work year-round: Downriver Canoe Company, Front Royal Canoe, Harpers Ferry Adventure Center, River & Trail Outfitters and River Riders. Several of the paddle trips go along the Captain John Smith National Historic Trail and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. We will wrap it all up with a Stand Up for Clean Water Celebration on September 24th, to recognize World Rivers Day and the 45th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act.

Buzzards Bay Swim

June 24, 2017 | Buzzards Bay, MA | To benefit Buzzards Baykeeper

bb_logo_ant_r2v2Discover the beauty and spirit of Buzzards Bay at the 24th annual Buzzards Bay Swim in Fairhaven, Massachusetts on Saturday, June 24! Just 50 miles south of Boston, the Buzzards Bay Swim features a scenic 1.2-mile point-to-point course across outer New Bedford Harbor passing by iconic Butler Flats Lighthouse. At the thrilling finish, swimmers are welcomed with a beach party featuring a live steel drum band, pancakes, gourmet coffee, local beer, and awards and prizes! The Swim benefits the Buzzards Bay Coalition, a nonprofit that works to protect clean water in the region. Sign up or learn more: www.savebuzzardsbay.org/swim

James River Rundown

June 24 – 25, 2017 | Lynchburg to Richmond, VA | To benefit Upper and Lower James Riverkeeper

James River Rundown_black_finalThe James River Rundown is a series of canoe, kayak, and SUP races running through the heart of Virginia on the scenic James River. Competitors will race through weather, natural features, and fatigue to reach the finish line at Goochland County’s Tucker Park. The James River Association is organizing a two-day 120-mile race, 50-mile race, 25-mile race, and 5-mile fun float for this year’s event. A post-race celebration featuring food, beverage, live music from Sturgeon City, and programming offered by L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools will be held at Tucker Park on Sunday, June 25th. Proceeds from the James River Rundown support the Upper and Lower James Riverkeepers®.

Tred Avon PaddleJam

June 24, 2017 | Easton, MD | To benefit Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy

paddlejamlogoOn Saturday, June 24, Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy and the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals are partnering to bring this fun event to the community. Paddlers will launch kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards from Easton Point Marina to enjoy a six-mile paddle on the Tred Avon River. Paddlers will end back at Easton Point Marina, where there will be live music, food trucks, beverages, and great prizes. Along the paddle route, paddlers can pick up poker cards. Winning hands receive prizes.

San Francisco Baykeeper Bay Parade

July 9, 2017 | San Francisco, CA | To benefit San Francisco Baykeeper

Bay_Parade_2017_Logo_Blue_SMALLThe Bay Parade is our on-the- water recreation festival celebrating a clean and healthy San Francisco Bay. Swimmers and boaters parade from the Golden Gate along San Francisco’s iconic waterfront. Paddleboarders and kayakers join from Pier 40. Everyone comes together in McCovey Cove for the parade finale, broadcast on the San Francisco Giants Jumbotron at the start of the baseball game. The fastest swimmers and biggest fundraisers compete for the Golden Rivet trophy. Then we celebrate at a Bay Parade after-party hosted by Anchor Brewing at the Yard. All proceeds go to stopping pollution in San Francisco Bay. For more information, visit baykeeper.org/bayparade.

Sunrise Sunset Susquehanna Paddle and Play Event

July 22, 2017 | Williamsport, PA | To benefit Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association

sunrise sunset susquehannaShow your love for your ‘Hanna on Saturday, July 22, at the Second Annual Sunrise Sunset Susquehanna Paddle & Play at Susquehanna State Park in Williamsport. Adventurous river rats will start their day with an 11-mile paddle on the West Branch with their Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper, launching near Lock Haven and landing at the state park, to be treated to an afternoon of riverside music, storytelling, interactive environmental education, regional foods, and family-friendly activities. End your day with a cruise aboard the Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat as we travel on the Mighty Susquehanna to engage in bird watching and river reflecting. For more information, visit middlesusquehannariverkeeper.org.

Paddles Up

July 29, 2017 | Grand Island, NY | To benefit Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

Paddles UP buffalo niagara riverkeeperPaddles Up Niagara is a celebration of the world-class opportunities for paddling and public access found in the Niagara River watershed and is hosted by the Niagara River Greenway Commission, the Town of Grand Island, New York State Parks, and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. The day-long event includes two eco-paddle tours, a vendor fair, paddle safety demonstrations, and the highlight of the day, a 2.5-mile mass group paddle, followed by a dry-land celebration with a beer tent and local food trucks. The event is free and open to the public!

Summer Sail and Paddle Fest

August 3, 2017 | Seattle, WA | To benefit Puget Soundkeeper Alliance

PSK-summersail-4c_smallCome celebrate Puget Sound and your commitment to clean water! Join Puget Soundkeeper at the first-annual Summer Sail and Paddle Fest in Seattle’s Magnuson’s Park on August 3, 2017 at 4:00pm. Experience a near-full moon over Lake Washington from the deck of a sailboat, sailing dinghy, paddle board or kayak, followed by a community clean water celebration. Guests will enjoy boat rides, dinner, beer and other beverages, live music and a Puget Soundkeeper membership. All-inclusive tickets are $40 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.  Tickets here.

Swim for Grand Traverse Bay

August 12, 2017 | Traverse City, MI | To benefit Grand Traverse Baykeeper

BlackBlue_Logo_CMYKCelebrate clean, healthy water in Grand Traverse Bay with a 2-mile point-to-point open water swim event on Saturday, August 12, 2017, to benefit The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, a non-profit that protects the Bay and its 1,000-square-mile watershed. The second annual swim begins at Greilickville Harbor Park in Elmwood Township and ends at Volleyball Beach in downtown Traverse City.  The Swim for Grand Traverse Bay, a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series event presented nationally by Toyota, aims to strengthen our community’s connection to Grand Traverse Bay and its watershed. For more information, visit swimforgtbay.com.

Elkspedition Picnic & Paddle

September 4, 2017 | Charleston, WV | To benefit West Virginia Headwaters Waterkeeper

Elkspedition logoJoin West Virginia Rivers Coalition and the West Virginia Headwaters Waterkeeper at Coonskin Park in Charleston, WV for a celebration of the Elk River on Labor Day, September 4, 2017, during our 2nd Annual Elkspedition Picnic & Paddle! Join a flotilla of kayaks, canoes, rafts or anything else that floats for a celebratory 3.5-mile paddle on the Elk River! After the paddle, you’ll be treated to a good old-fashioned BBQ picnic. Rather stay on land? We’ll be hosting a free family-friendly Elk River festival featuring games, music, giveaways, a silent auction and booths from local organizations and businesses that support clean water in West Virginia.

Aquathon

September 30, 2017 | Santa Barbara, CA | To benefit Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

Santa Barbara-Aquathon-Logo-CMYKThe Santa Barbara AQUATHON is a family-friendly, multi-sport, on-the-water event that brings the Santa Barbara community together to raise awareness and funds to protect and restore our beloved ocean. This event is for recreational swimmers, serious swimmers looking for a timed open water event, SUPers who want to meet a personal goal or just have a salty good time. Kids 14 and under are invited to participate in our just-for-fun surf challenge too! The AQUATHON is perfect for colleagues and clubs wanting to build team spirit, and anyone who wants to dive in and raise funds to protect our beautiful beaches, coastline and community.

Bay Day

November 4, 2017 | Miami, FL | To benefit Miami Waterkeeper

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Bring your sunscreen, swimsuit, and smile and join Miami Waterkeeper at Shake-a-leg Miami for a Bay Day on November 4th, 2017! This family-friendly day of fun will feature sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, fishing lessons, boat tours, and more! We will be enjoying beautiful Biscayne Bay, learning about marine ecosystems, and having fun making new friends! Play in the water and join us for a BBQ on an island in the Bay. All proceeds benefit our efforts to provide swimmable, drinkable, fishable water for all in South Florida. For a full schedule of events and to buy your tickets online, visit miamiwaterkeeper.org/events.

Cooper River Fest

TBD | Charleston, SC | To benefit Charleston Waterkeeper

Charleston Waterkeeper’s Cooper River Fest will take place on the banks of the historic Cooper River at the City of North Charleston’s new Riverfront Park. The festival type event will shed light the river’s current challenges and opportunities for its future, most importantly improving public access. The event’s key component is a guided paddle exploring the river’s history, it’s development for industrial and military uses, and it’s future as an asset to the North Charleston community. The paddle will include also include Noisette and Filbin Creeks — degraded urban tidal creeks ripe for restoration efforts.


About Waterkeeper

United as one powerful force, Waterkeeper Alliance fights for every community's right to drinkable, fishable, swimmable water. For more information please visit waterkeeper.org

6th Annual SPLASH Event Series, Presented Nationally by Toyota


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We’re thrilled to announce the locations of our 6th Annual SPLASH Event Series, presented nationally by Toyota!

 

SPLASH events will take place on waterways across the United States to support local Waterkeeper organizations by engaging community members and outdoor enthusiasts in events comprised of water-based recreational activities like swimming, paddling, kayaking, fishing and much more.

A record 13 events will be held this season, including eight new-to-the-series events and five alumni class events. See below for the full lineup, and get ready to make a SPLASH with us this summer!

Stand Up for Clean Water 

April 16, 2016 | To benefit Los Angeles Waterkeeper

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Join clean water supporters and outdoors enthusiasts at Los Angeles Waterkeeper’s 5th annual Stand Up for Clean Water Paddleboard Race, presented nationally by Toyota and locally by Whole Foods Market. On Saturday, April 16, environmental leaders, community members, and over 300 paddle boarders will gather in Paradise Cove in Malibu to celebrate California’s pristine coastline with live music, a raffle and silent auction, and local food and drinks. For more information, visit: http://www.sup4cleanwater.org/.


Water Fest

April 30, 2016 | To benefit Miami Waterkeeper

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After a highly successful Big Float Event in September, Biscayne Nature Center and Miami Waterkeeper are again teaming up to celebrate clean water and beautiful beaches. Water Fest will offer paddleboarding and kayaking, food and drinks, volleyball, arts and crafts, and educational opportunities. Water Fest will bring together the community by hosting an eco-village with local environmental groups. We look forward to rallying Miami’s community around the beaches and waterways! Save $5 by purchasing your tickets online. All ticket sales include a Miami Waterkeeper Starfish Membership (a $25 value) and a Biscayne Nature Center Membership (a $25 value)!


Great Russian River Race

June 4, 2016 | To benefit Russian Riverkeeper

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Come out, kick off the summer, and support a great cause while you’re at it.  The Russian River Race party is from 12pm – 4pm at Johnson’s Beach. There will be food trucks & beer, live music by Cahoots and the Bad Apple String Band, vendor booths and a costume contest amongst the racers. We invite everyone to come down to the River, bring chairs and blankets and watch the racers cross the Finish Line (from 12pm – 2pm). It’s a great way to kick off the summer season while supporting a good cause, protecting the great Russian River! For more information, visit http://www.greatrussianriverrace.com/.


Grandman Triathlon

June 4, 2016| To benefit Mobile Baykeeper

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The Grandman Triathlon (“The Grandman”) has become a major attraction on the Gulf Coast, each year growing in entrants, spectators and enthusiasts. Beginning at the Fairhope Pier and traveling the beautiful streets of Fairhope and Mobile Bay, the Grandman promotes a healthy lifestyle and showcases Waterkeeper Alliance’s mission.  For more information, visit: http://www.thegrandman.com/home.


Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah!

June 9 – 19, 2016 | To benefit Potomac Riverkeeper Network

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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 

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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/.


Buzzards Bay Swim

June 25, 2016 | To benefit Buzzards Bay Coalition

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The Buzzards Bay Swim is a fun community event that supports a great cause: clean water in Buzzards Bay. Swimmers complete a 1.2-mile open water course across outer New Bedford Harbor, beginning in the South End of New Bedford and ending at Fort Phoenix Beach State Reservation in Fairhaven. Now in its 23rd year, the Swim annually draws nearly 300 swimmers from across the region and the country. Awards and prizes are given for fastest swimmers and top fundraisers. All funds raised support the Coalition’s work to restore and protect clean water in the community. Register and learn more: www.savebuzzardsbay.org/swim.


Mayfly Festival

June 25, 2016 |To benefit Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper

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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

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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. For more information, visit http://sunrise-sunset-susquehanna.org/.


Swim for Grand Traverse Bay

August 13, 2016 | To benefit The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay

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Celebrate clean, healthy water in Grand Traverse Bay with one of the region’s only point-to-point open water swim events on Saturday, August 13, 2016. The 2-mile bay swim begins at Greilickville Harbor Park in Elmwood Township and ends on the shore of Volleyball Beach, in beautiful downtown Traverse City. Whether you’re a serious swimmer looking for a timed event, a triathlete wanting to practice in open water, a recreational swimmer setting a personal goal for your swimming or someone who is passionate about water quality and making a difference locally, the Swim for Grand Traverse Bay is an exciting, challenging and fun celebration of clean and healthy water in our region. For more information, visit: http://www.swimforgtbay.com/.


New York Harbor Regatta

September 16, 2016 | To benefit New York Harbor Foundation

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On September 16, 2016, New York Harbor Foundation will host the 6th annual New York Harbor Regatta at Governors Island. Hundreds of sailors and supporters from New York City’s media, finance, education, maritime and business communities will convene for a terrific day on the water. While the sailors compete in the J105 and J24/Colgate 26 classes—fans take in the action from the spectator boat and enjoy an afternoon of cocktails, light bites and networking on the water! Directly following the racing, sailors, spectators and supporters head to Governors Island Beach Club for Dark ‘n Stormies, Fishers Island Oysters, live reggae and specialties from top NYC restaurants at the Regatta Bash on the beach—the ideal way to capture the last bit of summer. For more information, visit https://www.nyharborregatta.com/.


Santa Barbara Aquathon

September 17, 2016 | To benefit Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

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Channelkeeper’s newest outdoor on-water recreational event is taking place September 17th, 2016 at Leadbetter Beach. This family-friendly, multi-sport event brings together our local community to raise awareness and vital funds needed to protect and restore our beloved Santa Barbara. We invite you to participate, help spread the word, bring your family, bring your friends, and most importantly have fun out on the water!

SURFATHON – It’s not about style-it’s about how many waves you can catch! (kids 14 years and under)
SWIMATHON – Register to for the 500m or 1K!
SWEEPATHON – Stand Up Paddle board race from Leadbetter Beach to Hendry’s Beach! (all ages)

Whether you are a serious athlete looking to train, looking to have a salty good time, or a family with a little of both, AQUATHON is the place to be Saturday, September 17. Friends, family and passers-by will be in abundance so c’mon… rally your group, get registered, send some vendors and sponsors Channelkeeper’s way and lets show how truly committed Santa Barbarians raise funds to protect our beautiful beaches, coastline, and community.


Pirates of the Hackensack RiverFest

September 24, 2016 | To benefit Hackensack Riverkeeper

Pirates_Hack_AK_1.1 (1)Hackensack Riverkeeper hosts Pirates of the Hackensack RiverFest – a fishing derby on the Hackensack River taking place on the Laurel Hill County Park Promenade in Secaucus, New Jersey on Saturday, September 24, 2016. The event will focus on the fishing opportunities in the estuary and educate the public on the various fish species that reside in their local waterway. Prizes will be awarded for both children and adults. We will be partnering with the Hudson River Fisherman’s Association to help teach participants the basics of fishing. Live music and refreshments will be served, and participants are encouraged to dress like a pirate! Prize for best costume! For more information, visit PiratesoftheHackensack.com.


About Waterkeeper

United as one powerful force, Waterkeeper Alliance fights for every community's right to drinkable, fishable, swimmable water. For more information please visit waterkeeper.org

Waterkeeper Alliance Announces 5th Annual SPLASH Series, Presented by Toyota


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Thousands of Americans Swim, Paddle and Clean Up Their Local Waterways to Celebrate the Importance of Clean Water Nationwide

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – April 16, 2015- Waterkeeper Alliance, the global environmental organization dedicated to defending every person’s right to clean water, today announced the locations of its 5th Annual SPLASH Event Series, presented nationally by Toyota.  SPLASH events will take place in waterways across the United States to support Waterkeeper Alliance and local Waterkeeper member organizations by engaging community members and clean-water enthusiasts in water-based recreational activities like swimming, paddling, boating, as well as on-water clean up events.  The 2015 SPLASH Series kicks off in Malibu, California at Stand Up for Clean Water to benefit Los Angeles Waterkeeper on April 18 and continues with a Great Russian River Race on Sonoma County’s Russian River, a 10-mile paddle down the Hackensack River in New Jersey, the Mobile Baykeeper Grandman Triathlon in Alabama, the Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival in Georgia, the Riverkeeper Sweep in New York, and the Buzzards Bay Swim in Massachusetts. Additional SPLASH events including the New York Harbor Regatta and Puget Sound Clean-Up will take place later this year to round out a full series of events dedicated to getting local communities involved in the protection of their local waterways.

“Taking action to clean our shorelines and providing opportunities to enjoy recreating on our waterways are the best tools we have to connect people to the importance of making our waters swimmable, drinkable and fishable,” said Marc Yaggi, executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance. “Over the past five years, through presentation of the SPLASH Series, Toyota has contributed $1 million to help Waterkeeper Alliance and local Waterkeeper organizations invite thousands of people to play a role in the protection of their local waterways. We are thankful to Toyota for presenting this national program to encourage this type of involvement on such a large scale.”

“Toyota places a high priority on creating an environmentally sustainable future, and preserving our nation’s precious water resources is key to keeping that promise for future generations,” said Kevin Butt, Toyota SVP of Environmental Engineering.  “As an example, through our efforts last year, we saved more than 93 million gallons of water by practicing the three Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle.  We are pleased to once again provide our nationwide support to the Waterkeeper Alliance at its 2015 SPLASH events.  It is through groups such as Waterkeeper Alliance that Toyota can help raise awareness of all American’s to become guardians of the nation’s natural resources for generations to come.”

Each of the events scheduled for the 2015 SPLASH Series will be designed to suit the interests of the local community in which the event takes place and feature festivities the whole community can enjoy.

The first in this season’s series of SPLASH events, Stand Up for Clean Water, will take place in Malibu, California on April 18th at Paradise Cove. Hundreds of clean water supporters and outdoor enthusiasts will join Waterkeeper President Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Cheryl Hines and stars from surfing, music and entertainment to participate in paddleboard races, board demos and enjoy a day on the beach with friends and family to benefit Los Angeles Waterkeeper’s mission to protect our ocean from water pollution.

Other SPLASH events will follow throughout the year in markets across the country, including Fairhope, AL; New Bedford, MA; Secaucus, NJ; New York, NY; Alpharetta, GA; Healdsburg, CA; Boulder, CO; locations throughout Puget Sound in WA; and others.

For more information, please visit: www.waterkeeper.org.

Contacts:
Tina Posterli for Waterkeeper Alliance at [email protected] or 516.526.9371
Carrie Waible/CW&Co. for SPLASH Series at [email protected] or 646.532.6730

About Waterkeeper Alliance

Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement uniting more than 250 Waterkeeper organizations around the world and focusing citizen advocacy on issues that affect our waterways, from pollution to climate change. Waterkeepers patrol and protect more than 2 million square miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in the Americas, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. For more information please visit: www.waterkeeper.org

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands.  Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 42,000 people (more than 33,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.67 million cars and trucks (more than 2.35 million in the U.S.) in 2014 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.  

Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment.  As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com

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About Waterkeeper

United as one powerful force, Waterkeeper Alliance fights for every community's right to drinkable, fishable, swimmable water. For more information please visit waterkeeper.org

4th Annual SPLASH Event Series Kickoff


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 Waterkeeper Alliance Announces 4th Annual SPLASH Series, Presented by Toyota

Thousands of Americans Swim, Paddle and Clean Up Their Local Waterways To Celebrate the Importance of Clean Water Nationwide

CONTACT:
Peter Cleary, Waterkeeper Alliance, [email protected] and (347) 322-9695.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Waterkeeper Alliance, the global environmental organization dedicated to defending every person’s right to clean water, announced today the locations of its 4th Annual SPLASH Event Series, presented nationally by Toyota. SPLASH events will take place in waterways across the United States to raise funds to support Waterkeeper Alliance and local Waterkeeper member organizations by engaging community members and clean-water enthusiasts in water-based recreational activities like swimming, paddling, boating, as well as on-water clean up events. The 2014 SPLASH Series kicks off in Malibu, California at Stand Up for Clean Water to benefit Los Angeles Waterkeeper and continues with a special “drought edition” of the Great Russian River Race on Sonoma County’s Russian River, which has nearly run dry due to severe lack of rain and snowmelt. Additional SPLASH events will take place in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Washington throughout the season.

“Every person should be able to safely access their local waterway to swim, drink, fish and play,” said Marc Yaggi, executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance. “We are thankful to Toyota for presenting this national program to encourage recreation on local lakes, rivers, streams and bays. Access to this type of recreation is one of the most important benefits of our work to patrol and protect the world’s waterways from pollution.”

“At Toyota our commitment to the environment is built into everything we do, from creating fuel-efficient vehicles to aiming for zero waste in our manufacturing plants to partnering with innovative conservation organization, such as Waterkeeper Alliance,” said Latondra Newton, chief corporate social responsibility officer, Toyota Motor North America, Inc. “We are so proud to support the 2014 SPLASH series to help raise awareness of the importance of protecting our water resources while encouraging community members to enjoy their local waterways.”

Each of the events scheduled for the 2014 SPLASH Series will be designed to suit the interests of the local community in which the event takes place and feature festivities the whole community can enjoy.

On April 12, the first of this season’s SPLASH events, Stand Up for Clean Water, will take place in Malibu, California. This exciting day will be filled with competitive and non-competitive stand-up paddleboard races and a variety of educational and watersports activities for the whole family. After a day on the water, supporters will enjoy an After Party with live music by a celebrity All-Star band starring: Dave Krusen (former drummer of Pearl Jam), Christopher Thorn (guitarist of Blind Melon, Live and Awol Nation), Rami Jaffee (keyboardist of Foo Fighters and Wallflowers), Jessy Greene (former violinist of Foo Fighters, Wilco and Pink) and Jonny Kaplan (singer/guitarist of Jonny Kaplan and the Lazy)

On May 3, hundreds of supporters will convene at the Great Russian River Race: Drought Edition in Healdsburg, CA for a party on the riverbank to raise critical awareness for the unique issues facing their waterway, and a limited paddle race on the low-riding river. On May 9 and May 10, Hudson Riverkeeper will conduct a SPLASH cleanup event at more than 60 sites along the River in which more than 1,000 individuals will clear over 1,000 cubic yards of waste from the watershed to prepare it for recreation. Other SPLASH events will follow throughout the year in markets across the country, including Mobile, AL; Frankfurt, KY; New Bedford, MA; Secaucus, NJ; Seattle, WA and others.

For more information, please visit: http://splashseries.org/

About WATERKEEPER® Alliance
Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement uniting more than 200 Waterkeeper organizations and focusing citizen advocacy on the issues that affect our waterways, from pollution to climate change. Waterkeepers patrol more than 1.5 million square miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in the Americas, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Waterkeeper Alliance was founded in 1999 by veteran Waterkeepers and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Learn more at: www.waterkeeper.org or follow @Waterkeeper on Twitter and Facebook.

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants and directly employ more than 40,000 people. Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. To date, Toyota has contributed more than $700 million to nonprofits in the U.S. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com/community.

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About Waterkeeper

United as one powerful force, Waterkeeper Alliance fights for every community's right to drinkable, fishable, swimmable water. For more information please visit waterkeeper.org