Clean Ocean Action




Rally for the Water Ways is one of the ways that Clean Ocean Action works to fulfill our mission of improving degraded water quality throughtout the waters of New Jersey and New York coast.

Clean Ocean Action's Rally for the Waterways Program is an innovative and strategic approach to address pollution sources and improve water quality in coastal watersheds in the New York - New Jersey Region. 

This program is a collaborative "find it, fix it, no blame game" approach to help local communities and municipalities find, and eliminate sources of non-point sources pollution, throughout their watersheds.

Non-point source (NPS) pollution is the leading cause of water quality impairment, and comes from many different sources unlike point source(s) of pollution. Stormwater runoff is the primary contributor of non-point source pollution in waterways. Rainfall/snowmelt over land carries a variety of pollutants, such as pathogens, nutrients and chemicals to name a few. Eventually these pollutants find their wat into receiving waters, including fresh and coastal waterbodies. 

Pathogen pollution of coastal waters from non-point sources adversely affects recreational water quality, shellfish harvesting, and has impacts on human health and other aquatic life. 

Non-point source pathogen pollution that affects waterways could be something as small as improperly disposed of dog waste or as large as damaged sanitary infrastructure. This is one of the reasons why tracking non-point source pollution can be a challenge! When sewer lines and other associated infrastructure is damaged or aged, it can lead to sanitary sources leaking into stormwater lines or into small water bodies (such as creeks) which floes downstream into larger bodies of water such as rivers and ultimately the ocean! Other sources of this type of pollution can also come from poorly managed domesticated animal waste, from small household pets and all the way up to large farm animals. It is impoetant to follow best practices when disposing of any animal waste! Wild animals can also contribute to pathogen pollution, especially large congregations of migratory waterfowl, which can be managed through abatement and control programs.

COA's Rally for the Waterways currently focuses on pathogen pollution track down including human sources in coastal watershed in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

By looking for the bacteria associated with this type of pollution and identifying areas with high levles of pathogens, we can find areas of concern and bring communities and municipalities together to help identify and eliminate possible sources of pollution!

Community involvedment is essential for Rally for the Water Ways, as COA uses the power of local community scientists to collect water samples for anaylsis in our Rally programs! We want to empower community members to take action and participate in helping to preserve and improve their local water bodies! By working together, we can improve water quality, not just for the people that use and enjoy their local water bodies, but also for the wildlife and ecosystems that depend on them for survival!

If you would like to learn more about each of our active Rally programs, or are interested in ways you can get involved please click the links below! For any additiona questions or concerns, please feel free to reah out to

Rally for the Two Rivers

Rally for Barnegat Bay

Rally for Deal Lake


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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