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

Film Festival Aims to Inspire, Amaze and Amuse

Picture a man paralyzed from the waist down kayaking down a waterfall. Or a scientist rapelling down a crevasse in search of a rare frog in Guyana. Or two skiers being chased by avalanches as they descend a near vertical slope in the Canadian Rockies.

These and many more dazzling, dizzying and dramatic images will come to life at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, making it’s fourth Ocean City appearance at Seacrets Morley Hall on Thursday, November 13th, with a special kids show set for the Sarbanes Center near Assateague Island on the afternoon of Saturday, November 15th.

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Coast Kids Events
Wonders of Plankton Lab
Wild & Scenic Kids Film Festival

Wonders of Plankton Lab: Join us to take a closer look at the hidden world of tiny plankton. We will catch plankton, use microscopes to observe many species of plankton, and find out why plankton is important.

Wild and Scenic Kids Film Festival: The kids film fest celebrates the beauty of nature, and how we can preserve it in a number of short movies. All movies are suitable for young kids.

Both Events are on Saturday, November 15th starting at 2:00pm.

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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: Plankton Lab and Kids Film Festival
Sarbanes Center
Next to Assateague Island Visitors Center
Starts at 2:00pmRead More >

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Seacrets in Ocean City, MD
Two Showings: 2:00pm & 6:00pm
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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.