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KNOCK KNOCK…who’s there? Not Clean Ocean Action! (COA)

COA does not go door-to-door. We do not solicit funds or signatures, or distribute information through canvassing. If you have questions or concerns, COA suggests contacting your town administrator. Please further note that Clean Ocean Action has no financial affiliation with the organization called Clean Water Action (formerly known as NJ Environmental Federation) or any other canvassing organization.

Has your municipality eliminated single-use plastics?


Clean Ocean Action strongly urges municipalities to pass local ordinances addressing single-use plastic pollution. Currently, COA is aware of 56 municipalities that have adopted such ordinances. To assist your municipality, COA has materials and tools available.

Click the links to see COA's model ordinances for banning single-use plastic:


NESE Update

Round 3: Messy NESE is Back!

Following the withdrawal of all pending permits needed for the construction of the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE) Pipeline in November, Transco recently reapplied to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) for all the crucial construction  authorizations. This marks the third time the company has reapplied following its initial application in June of 2017. COA will continue to lead the fight against this unnecessary and environmental destructive pipeline.

Ocean Dumping Proposed by NESE Pipeline

COA submitted comments in January to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers demanding the agency deny Transco’s request to dump 735,000 cubic yards of contaminated dredged material produced from the NESE Pipeline construction in the ocean of the Jersey Shore. The comments outlined that the levels of contamination in the material, which if disposed in the ocean, would harm the surrounding environment and sensitive marine species at sensitive life stages. Read COA’s comments.

NJ's Legislators Fail to Act! You Can Help Stop the Plastic Plague



The 2018-2019 Legislative session ended with disappointment as New Jersey lawmakers did not pass what would have been the most comprehensive single-use plastic reduction legislation in the nation. If passed, the legislation would have phased-out single-use plastic straws, shopping bags, and Styrofoam food containers, which plague our beaches and kill wildlife. 

Thankfully, the bill has already been reintroduced in the new legislative session. The first hearing on the bill took place on January 30th in the Senate Energy and Environment Committee. Read COA's testimony at the hearing.

COA’s 32nd Annual Spring Student Summit, open to northern and central NJ counties, will be held on May 13th and 14th. This unique program brings learning  beyond the classroom to the shores of Sandy Hook, NJ. From field activities to environmental roundtable lessons – the Summit is an unforgettable experience. Schools must send an application, a $100 refundable deposit, and signed Terms of Participation by March 31, 2020, to COA by mail.

National Geographic Features Clean Ocean Action!

COA is thrilled to share National Geographic's latest Planet or Plastic feature which focuses on cigarette pollution! It highlights Clean Ocean Action and the Beach Sweep program, and seeks to challenge the social norm of littering cigarette filters. In 2018 Beach Sweeps volunteers collected an astonishing 21,998 cigarette filters from beaches and shorelines throughout New Jersey in just six hours. Cigarette butts are the last unacceptable form of “acceptable” litter, but we all have the power to change this social norm. No butts about it – use an ashtray!

Watch the video:

Read the article:

Do your part to consciously eliminate cigarette and single-use plastic pollution at the source by taking part in National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic pledge and learn more of what you can do by reading COA’s 10 Tips for Smokers!

National Geographic's Plastic Reduction Pledge:

COA's 10 Tips for Smokers


COA Garners a Near Perfect Score and Top 10 Status!

Great news! Not only is COA maintaining a 4-Star rating at Charity Navigator for the 5th consecutive rating, but our number was just increased to a 99.87 out of 100!! Last year’s score was 92.82.

Only 13% of all the charities reviewed by Charity Navigator (which includes over 9,100 organizations) achieve 5 consecutive ratings of 4 Stars! In fact, Clean Ocean Action is within the TOP 10 environmental groups in the nation. 


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