Assateague Coastal Trust
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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

Annual Coastal Cleanup Day

The Assateague Island Coastal Cleanup is held at the National Seashore side of the Island. The event begins at 9:00am at the North Beach Parking Lot on Assateague Island National Seashore, and usually ends by 11:00am. This event is part of the worldwide cleanup hosted by the Ocean Conservancy, to remove trash and debris from waterways, streams, bays, and seashores.

Free T-shirts will be provided to volunteers (while supplies last). Bring your gloves, bug spray, sunscreen and water. Trash bags will be provided and volunteers will be assigned to a cleanup location and provided a tally sheet for tracking what has been collected.

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Coast Kids: Beach Cleanup & Water Fun

On September 19th is International Coastal Cleanup Day, and we will be part of it! Join our Coast Kids Trash Scavenger Hunt, and then have fun in the bay water. Kids can try out standup paddle boarding, and learn about bay critters. The bay is very shallow, so this is a good place for kids to play in the water.

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Help Stop Water Pollution - Use Reporter App

The Assateague COASTKEEPER reminds you to download the water pollution reporting app for the Coastal Bays, the WATER REPORTER, by Viable Industries.

Citizens who are engaged are the best stewards of our coastal environment. Equipping you with this user friendly, free smart phone app is one way to help protect water quality in our coastal watershed.

The “Water Reporter” app engages citizens in preserving and protecting the waterways they love. If you see pollution, you can report it directly to the Coastkeeper and also automatically map the location simply using your phone and its camera.

Download the free app through your phone's app store.

Is the Water Safe?

We've Got an App for That!
iPhone®, iPad®, & Android

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Top Stories & News

A HUGE Thank you to both our Coastkeeper and our Summer Intern, David D'Alessandro for sampling our water each week and reporting how safe the water is to swim in! Sampling will stop after Labor Day weekend.
Assateague Coastal Trust took the first water samples May 20 to be used in the Waterkeeper Swim Guide . . .
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Upcoming Events

Annual Coastal Cleanup Day
Assateague Island National Seashore
North Beach Parking Lot 9:00am Read More >

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Seacrets Morley Hall
More Details Coming Soon

Coast Kids: Beach Cleanup & Water Fun
Assateague Island National Park
Bayside Campground & Canoe Rental
9:30am - 11:00pm
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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 Campaign To Keep Offshore Oil Drilling 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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