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Environmental orgs celebrate the end of the Northeast Supply Enhancement "NESE" methane gas project

On Monday, May 6, 2024, Clean Ocean Action celebrated the defeat of the Northeast Supply Enhancement (“NESE”) methane gas project with environmental advocates and community organizations at a press conference in Keyport, NJ.  

At long last, this un-NESE-sary, dirty fossil fuel project finally gave up the ghost and gasped its last gassy breath. Together, we celebrate the many organizations and individuals that worked so hard over many years to stop NESE. COA came to this project in 2019 to represent the marine environment and are thrilled and proud that the voices of Monmouth County, 100% of Bayshore municipalities, groups and communities acted quickly in unified opposition. This opposition greatly contributed to the efforts to oppose this massive fossil fuel project. The staff of COA are honored to have coordinated with such an effective coalition of groups.  

The NESE project included piping fracked gas from Pennsylvania into New Jersey, construction of a massive compressor station, and 23.4 miles of new pipeline in Raritan Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. 

Today, there is one less fossil fuel facility impacting the land, sea, and air! 

Read the Press Release here with statements from groups celebrating the victory. 

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! 

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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