Clean Ocean Action


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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.

Happy World Ocean Day! 🌊

What Do You Love About the Ocean? Add to Our Word Cloud!

With more than 2,000 participating organizations in over 150 countries, today's worldwide celebration is designed to catalyze collective action for a healthy ocean.

In the New Jersey and New York area and with the help of thousands of people, COA has worked to protect this valuable natural resource by closing all eight ocean dumpsites, stopping oil and gas drilling and activities, blocking numerous liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, improving water quality, and stopping sources of litter, especially plastics, to the ocean. Forty years after its inception, COA continues our efforts to keep the ocean clean, wild, and free of harmful industrialization.

🌊COA’s World Ocean Day message is brought to you by our outstanding and "sea-rrific" Summer Interns, Reagan, Lara, Liz, and Maggie!

🌊Click this link to our collaborative word cloud for World Ocean Day: "What do you love about the ocean?"

Two Chances to Learn About & Help Rivers and the Ocean!

Check out these two opportunities to get informed and involved in COA's water quality monitoring program to track down pathogen pollution sources throughout the Navesink and Shrewsbury River watersheds, which eventually lead to Sandy Hook Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Rally for the Two Rivers Eco-Fest Returns!

Thank you for a Fantastic 6th Annual Eco-Fest!

On Saturday, June 1st, Clean Ocean Action and Rumson Environmental Commission had a wonderful 6th annual Rally for the Rivers Eco-Fest. We are so grateful to everyone who joined us at Victory Park in Rumson to celebrate the Two Rivers watershed and experience all the eco-friendly activities, lively music, and enthusiasm from the 28 participating organizations. From river seining with the American Littoral Society to reading circles with Waterspirit, every moment was filled with learning and fun.

Those who attended Eco-Fest and filled up their Eco-Fest Passport with activity stamps will be able to unlock discounts and giveaways throughout the month of June from over 15 local businesses. For a complete list of all participants, see the 2024 Eco-Fest Passport!

Waves of thanks to our amazing sponsors, who make this event possible – Bayshore Recycling, Mazza Recycling, and Sea Bright Solar. You continued support is invaluable!

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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