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.

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Give the Gift of Clean Water

This holiday season consider a gift that will not only bring joy to the recipient, but will also serve as an investment in clean water for our community. For just 12 monthly donation installments of $10 (or a single donation of $120), Assateague Coastal Trust will send a special Clean Water Gift Box to someone on your holiday list.

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Vote for ACT

Help us share our stories with the public about how we work hard for you to protect Clean Water, Clean Air and Healthy Communities!

ACT has been selected, with a number of other lower Eastern Shore charities, to compete for some free promotion through during the DelmarvaNow Charity Vote-A-Thon!

Five nonprofits will get the chance to communicate directly with the community through stories that will appear during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.

Our story will address what ACT does, whom we serve and, most importantly, why ACT needs the community to share in the spirit of this season of giving by making a tax-deductible end of year donation to help us continue our good work for Swimmable-Fishable Water and Healthy Communities throughout 2017!

The best part? YOU, our wonderful members and friends, get to pick the top five organizations that will be featured in The Daily Times and on later in December!

To learn more, and to VOTE FOR ACT,  please click on the link below. You'll need to scroll down through the list to find us, but we're there.

Please share the link below with your friends and neighbors and have them vote for Clean Water, Clean Air and Healthy Communities - VOTE FOR ACT and thanks for voting!

Please cast your VOTE here! >>

Annual Newsletter

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Coast Kids Membership

We'll begin monitoring our beaches after Memorial Day

Upcoming Events

Coastkids: Build a Bird Feeder
Environmental Education Center
10:00am - 12:00pm
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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 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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