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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.

The Rally for the Two Rivers Eco-Fest Returns!

Join us on Saturday, June 1 at Victory Park (rain date: June 2)

This spring, celebrate the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers at the The Rally for the Two Rivers Eco-Fest hosted by Clean Ocean Action and the Rumson Environmental Commission! Eco-Fest is a free, family-friendly event with fun and engaging activities provided by Rally for the Two Rivers partners, including seining, eco-friendly crafts, hands-on educational demonstrations, face painting, music, and more! Read more about the Rally for the Two Rivers Eco-Fest and the Passport Challenge here. We can't wait to sea you there! 

Public Hearings Alert on New Jersey's Energy Future!

The NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is holding a series of public hearings in advance of the 2024 update to the Energy Master Plan, a set of overarching goals for NJ energy policy last put forth in 2019. COA encourages the public to attend the meetings:

  • Wednesday, May 22 at 6pm: BPU will discuss maximizing energy efficiency and conservation and reducing peak demand as well as reducing energy consumption and emissions from the building sector.
  • Wednesday, May 29 at 9:30 am: BPU will discuss supporting community energy planning especially in low- and moderate-income and environmental justice communities and expanding the clean energy economy.
  • Monday, June 3 at 1:00pm: final public hearing regarding the 2024 update to the Energy Master Plan.

Wednesday, June 12 at 5pm: Written comments are due.

Link to registration and a list of questions BPU is asking the public.

Link to Public Notice about meetings


COA's Cindy Zipf Chosen Among USA TODAY's Women of the Year 2024

Cindy’s unwavering dedication to protecting the ocean and its thriving marine ecosystem has steered COA through four decades of success. The entire COA Crew, board and staff, are so proud and grateful for USA TODAY's decision as we kick off our 40th year with this remarkable news!

“This recognition is in honor of the amazing science, education, research, and advocacy work of the Clean Ocean Action Crew, the dedicated groups, businesses, elected officials, communities, and thousands of remarkable volunteers of all ages! Success is never achieved alone,” said Cindy.“This publication’s recognition of COA’s transformative efforts should serve as a call to action for everyone to step up to protect the imperiled ocean.”

Waves of thanks, USA TODAY Network for choosing and recognizing Cindy Zipf and COA for New Jersey, and congratulations to all the inspiring, resilient leaders announced Women of the Year!

Read more about Cindy's journey from studying marine biology to founding Clean Ocean Action here.

Clean Ocean Action’s virtual EcoGuide for students, teachers, and families is now live! Published in previous years to promote the eco-friendly enjoyment of the Jersey Shore, COA has now taken this mission virtual so that it can be accomplished on-the-go. This comprehensive tool serves as a fun database of the best ways to enjoy marine ecosystems while also protecting them. This includes eco-friendly activities for all ages, educational information on issues that COA addresses, and tips on the best places to appreciate nature in NJ.

The EcoGuide is made possible thanks to generous support from the Marta Heflin Foundation.

Find the EcoGuide linked below, ready for mobile or computer use. The EcoGuide functions on mobile devices most efficiently through the “Google Slides” app, but can also be opened on any internet browser.


For Best Use of the EcoGuide:

On mobile phone

  • Download the “Google Slides” or the “Google Drive” app
  • When you click the EcoGuide link, open it in one of those apps
  • Turn your phone horizontally for easiest viewing

On desktop or laptop

  • Once the link is opened, click “present” in the upper right-hand corner to view full screen and functionality

To use while offline

  • Open the EcoGuide while online, then click “download” and download as a pdf to save for use while offline



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