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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 canvasing organization.

Waves of Thanks for the Resounding Opposition to the NESE Pipeline!

Over the past month and a half we have seen unprecedented united, and swift opposition to the proposed Williams/Transco Northeast Supply Enhancement Pipeline project (NESE)! If approved, the project would roll-back decades of progress in cleaning up the Raritan Bay.

The Bayshore Community is united -- loudly opposing the reckless and dangerous pipeline that threatens the health and prosperity of the bay and ocean for all those who live, work, and enjoy the remarkable resources!

Below are some of amazing accomplishments over just the last month and a half.

Unanimous Opposition from Bayshore Elected Officials

  • The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously passed a resolution in opposition to the pipeline.
  • Every Bayshore municipality and beyond unanimously passed resolutions opposing the pipeline:

Alphabetically: Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Hazlet, Highlands, Holmdel, Keansburg, Keyport, Long Branch, Matawan, Middletown, Rumson, Sea Bright, Union Beach

This unprecedented bi-partisan opposition sends a strong message to Governor Murphy and his Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that the Bayshore stands united against this pipeline.

Citizens Hearing on the Proposed Pipeline

When the NJDEP failed to conduct a formal public hearing in the Bayshore area on a pipeline that, if approved, will impact the lives of those who live along the Raritan and Sandy Hook Bay, Clean Ocean Action (COA) stepped in. On April 10, 2019 at the Atlantic Highlands Senior Center,  COA coordinated the hearing to educate Bayshore residents about the project and provide an opportunity to officially comment on the proposal. Through outreach efforts, COA observed an informational gap between the NJDEP and the residents of the Bayshore. Limited outreach on the part of the DEP left many residents of the Bayshore unaware of the proposed pipeline and associated impacts. 

Over 70 Bayshore residents attended the hearing to learn more about the proposed NESE project. Additionally, Bayshore residents orally commented on the proposed pipeline in front of a certified court reporter. Nearly 35 citizens testified in opposition to the project and called upon the DEP to deny all permits associated with the proposal. 

Following the hearing, bay friends Don Adler, Etta Kelly, and Lisa Cordova stepped-up to become leaders by organizing opposition throughout community neighborhoods.

Widespread Opposition from Businesses and Citizens All Along the Bayshore

Thousands of citizens signed the petition against the NESE Pipeline! Our online petition generated over 2200 signatures, and is still generating more each day. Paper petitions were shared throughout the region and generated over three hundred signatures to date and are still being signed!

Next Steps:  All eyes now on Governor Murphy!

The comment period has now closed. The NJDEP will be reviewing the comments to render their decision on the many permits needed for the pipeline. A decision must be made by June.

Now the focus is on Governor Murphy from now until the decision this June

1. Call Governor Murphy (609) 292-6000. Write him at at

2. Sign the petition – share with family and friends

3. Stand by: COA and other partners are planning next steps in the coming month.


Read COA's formal comments submitted to the NJDEP on May 2nd.

Record Numbers Released in COA's 2018 Beach Sweeps Report

On April 2, 2019, Clean Ocean Action released the 2018 Beach Sweeps Report at Sandy Hook at a press conference overlooking the ocean, highlighting the twelve most commonly collected items (“The Dirty Dozen”) along with the most outrageous finds (“The Roster of the Ridiculous”) and detailing the breakdown of the total 454,365 pieces of marine debris collected by a record 10,148 energetic volunteers.

To view the 2018 Beach Sweeps Report click here

Blast Offshore Drilling & Seismic Testing!


Rally against the Trump Administrations unprecedented attack on our oceans. Sign the petition and voice your opposition to seismic blasting and offshore oil and gas developments. Blast the Blasters and send a letter to the CEOs of the 5 companies permitted to harm 396,875 marine mammals through seismic blasting in the Atlantic Ocean.

Sign the Petition

Blast the Blasters

For the fourth consecutive year COA has achieved a 4-Star Rating by Charity Navigator!

“Only 17% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Clean Ocean Action outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Clean Ocean Action apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

New Jersey & New York Towns Continue to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics


View a complete list of NJ & NY ordinances addressing single-use plastics


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