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 Event
National Get Outdoors Day & Camping
at the Hazel Outdoor Discovery Center

National Get Outdoors Day (Sat 10AM to 2PM) is a free event encouraging healthy, active outdoor fun! Thanks to exhibitors and hands-on activities, kids can learn about archery, firearm safety, wildlife watching, kayaking, mountain biking, fishing, and more. Free lunch for all and free baseball caps to the first 400 kids!

Coast Kids Camping (Sat 3PM to Sun 11AM): Come to our 6th Coast Kids camping weekend at the 450 acres Hazel Outdoor Discovery Center. The former farm has a large meadow, a fishing pond (sorry, no swimming!), and trails through the woods. The Hazel Center is equipped with clean bathrooms, a cabin (in case it starts raining), a shelter, a large BBQ, a fire pit, and fishing gear. And we will be the only group camping there! There are many nature and science projects to choose from: fishing, aquatic life, hike in the forest, sounds of the night, and wilderness survival. In the evening we will have a bonfire. S'mores and stargazing are included.

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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

ACT Submits Comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in Opposition to the 2017-2022 Proposed Oil and Gas Leasing Program. ACT is leading the charge on the Eastern Shore opposing the Obama administration's proposal to allow oil and gas offshore drilling in the Atlantic. Read ACT's comments to BOEM in response to this proposal.

Check out our resource page on offshore drilling to learn more about the potential impacts of the Obama administration's proposal.

Upcoming Events

Coast Kids: National Get Outdoors Day
and Camping at the Hazel Discovery Center

This is 2 events in one!
Starts at 10:00am
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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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