Assateague Coastal Trust
ACT To Protect Our Coastal Bays
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Advocacy, Conservation, and Education

The Assateague Coastal Trust’s mission is to promote and encourage the protection of the health, productivity, and sustainability of the coastal bays watershed of Delmarva 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

Coast Kids: Live Animal Program

There is so much to learn about our local animals! The Scales and Tales program will show you some of their live reptiles and birds. All of the birds were rescued and now help teach you to understand their habits and needs. In addition to the animal program please enjoy the Native American dug-out canoe demonstration that will also take place at Shad Landing on the same day. Please bring sunscreen, bug spray and a hat.

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Coast Kids: Paddling at Ayers Creek

Exploring the Eastern Shore from a canoe or kayak gives you a completely new perspective of the amazing places around here. Join us for a kayak/canoe trip on beautiful Ayers Creek, located between Berlin and Assateague Island. We will provide sturdy double kayaks, canoes and life jackets. Please bring sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat. If you have water shoes, please wear them.

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Top Stories & News

ACT recently co-hosted a Town Hall meeting in Salisbury MD to bring a panel of public health experts, water quality experts, environmental justice and public health advocates, and poultry farming representatives to have an open and transparent conversation with local citizens about the unprecedented expansion of industrial scale poultry houses in their communities. It was also hosted by the Concerned Citizens Against Industrial CAFOs, the NAACP, Circle of Leaders, SRAP, Moms Across America and the Center For Emerging Media. Listen Here >

Upcoming Events

Coast Kids: Live Animal Program
Pocomoke River State Park
10:30am - 12:00pm
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Coast Kids: Paddling at Ayers Creek
Various Locations near Salisbury
3:00pm - 4:30pm
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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 Campaign To Keep Airguns
Out Of The Atlantic Ocean

The Obama administration is proposing to open the waters off Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia to offshore oil and natural gas production beginning in 2017.

While the proposed leasing sites are outside of Assateague Coastal Trust’s operating region, the impacts of drilling and the threat of a potential spill are very real for Assateague Island, our coastal eco-system, and economy.

Here we hope to provide some information on the impact offshore drilling could have on our environment and economy and why we think offshore drilling is the wrong decision for our future.

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