Assateague Coastal Trust
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Advocacy, Conservation, and Education

Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) works to protect and enhance the natural resources of the Atlantic Coastal Bays watershed through advocacy, conservation, and education.

The Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland & Virginia) coastal area is a fragile, constantly changing ecosystem. Maintaining the health of this ecosystem is critical to preserving the way of life that is unique to the shore.

ACT is committed to protecting our watershed to ensure clean waterways for humans and wildlife, quality public health, and sustainable economic growth now and for future generations.

Featured Events

A Giving Alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday Donations to ACT of $100 Or More Will Be Matched!

Are you bummed out by Black Friday? Cynical on Cyber Monday? Want to do something more with your wallet than just consume? Be part of a new tradition during the holiday season of gift giving – December 2nd - a day dedicated to online charitable giving!

Assateague Coastal Trust is part of the 3rd annual #GivingTuesday, a nationwide movement that harnesses the power of a unique blend of partners - charities, families, businesses and individuals-to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. As a special bonus, thanks to an anonymous donor, online donations of $100 or more made to ACT on December 2nd will be matched up to a total of $5,000!
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Coast Kids Event
Night Prowl at Pocomoke State Park

Hush…. did you hear that? Was that an owl calling in the night? Let’s find out, which creatures are active at night. The event will start at the Nature Center at Shad Landing (Pocomoke River State Park) with an introduction to owl sounds (and live owls!).

Then we will go for a walk and try to find some animals that are wakeful at night. At last we can all warm up with a hot chocolate at the Nature Center again. Please wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring a flashlight.

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Top Stories & News

MDE is considering renewal of a clean water permit that governs Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs).
ACT submitted Public Comments to MDE ...Read More >
Candidate Forum Update:
Listen to the candidates as they lay out their approach to protecting the coast's natural resources.
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Upcoming Events

Coast Kids: Night Prowl
Pocomoke River State Park, Shad Landing
5:30pm to 7:00pm
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The Next Generation of
Environmental Stewards

Our Coast Kids program is a hands-on environmental education program that provides opportunities for kids and their parents to directly experience coastal Delmarva, appreciate the majesty of the Coastal Bays ecosystem, and become engaged in the mission to protect our natural heritage.

The mission of Coast Kids is to help participants to develop a sense of place - a geographical and ecological awareness that will result in more enjoyment, and ultimately more stewardship of the environment.

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An "On The Water Advocate"
For Our Waterways

The Assateague Coastkeeper® is your public advocate, protecting the Atlantic Coastal Bays for the people, plants, and animals who rely on clean and safe water.

The Coastkeeper® is an on-the-water monitor who patrols the watershed by boat in search of evidence of pollution or other water quality problems. The Coastkeeper® also reaches out to and engages citizens to provide additional eyes, ears and even noses to identify and report pollution sources.

You have a natural and legal right to water that is swim'-able, fish-able and drinkable. The Coastkeeper® is there to stand firmly on the side of you and your family to safeguard this right against polluters.

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A Model Community For Environmental Protection And Conservation

Grow Berlin Green (GBG) is a campaign dedicated to establishing the town of Berlin, Maryland, and surrounding areas as a model community for participatory environmental protection, conservation and smart growth.

The campaign includes events and activities designed to involve citizens, business owners and government officials to better build a foundation for citizen and policymaker participation.

The goals of GBG include improving understanding, engagement and activism among citizens and policymakers, increasing conservation efforts, improving natural resources management, reducing waste and increasing recycling.