Clean Ocean Action

Clean Ocean Advocate, December 2004



WATERSPIRIT is a program committed to informing, inspiring, and enabling people to grow in knowledge of ecological issues related to oceans, rivers, lakes, coasts, and wetlands; embrace life style changes to protect and preserve creation; and join efforts in confronting ecological issues.


“WATERSPIRIT’s goal is to lead its participants to action.  COA is an ideal organization for us and contributes to WATERSPIRIT’s mission,” said Suzanne Golas, csjp.


Based at Stella Maris Retreat Center overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Elberon, NJ, WATERSPIRIT offers education and reflection programs and retreats, prayer experiences, Earth-related events, and hands-on activities about water, the environment, and spirituality.  WATERSPIRIT is directed by Suzanne Golas, csjp, who is also the non-governmental organization liaison for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace at the United Nations where she focuses on sustainable development and, in particular, water. 


WATERSPIRIT collaborates with groups around the world to raise concerns, discuss solutions, and take action on water quality issues.  It was one of the first groups to support the Clean Ocean Zone, a project of COA’s, and has collected hundreds of signatures in support of this initiative.  The program continues to be an advocate for the ocean by alerting participants to oppose policies that negatively affect the ocean, performing regular beach cleanups, and promoting environmentally sound lawn and garden practices to limit runoff and to provide a safe habitat for local species.


Join WATERSPIRIT at these events:

  • Celebration of the Winter Solstice, December 18, from 7:30-9:30pm.  Features music, readings, and reflections celebrating winter’s arrival.
  • Come to the Water, January 28-30.  A reflective and educational experience about the significance of water and current water quality problems.

WATERSPIRIT’s programs are open to all individuals and groups who seek a greater awareness of their connections with water.  For more information, call 732-923-9788, email, or visit


Contributions by Suzanne Golas


49 Avenel Blvd.
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Field Office:

Gateway National Recreation Area
Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Voice: (732) 872-0111
FAX: (732) 872-8041

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