Monday, November 30, 2015

Make Twice the Impact for the Ocean

Your Donation Will Be Matched!

Help COA reach our Giving Tuesday goal of $2,500!  Donate Today!

All donations made by Wednesday, Dec. 3rd will be matched up to $5,000, making twice the impact for the ocean!

In 2015, COA made major waves for the ocean thanks to your support!

Unfortunately, our ocean is still in need and threatened everyday by pollution, plastics, offshore industries, and climate change. We need your support to continue to protect it today and for future generations!

Action Needed to Fight Flooding

Flooding impacts residents and businesses all around New Jersey from inland to shore communities. The impacts of flooding are felt and seen around the state. We need policies in place that prevent flooding and keep people safe. That is why we need your help! . 

Please call NJ Assembly Speaker Prieto's office at: 201-770-1303 NOW to protect the health and safety of New Jersey residents, property, and environment from impacts of additional flooding. Ask him to post ACR249 for a vote on December 3.

Then, please call or email your two Assembly members to encourage them to vote YES to ACR249! (Click here to find your Assembly members )

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has proposed to roll back protections against flooding in their draft Flood Hazard Area Control Act (FHACA) regulations.  The proposed rule would allow more clearing of stream buffer vegetation, place more people and development in areas that flood, and roll back protections for clean water.  Simply put, these rules, if adopted as written, would put more people in harm’s way.

New Jersey needs smarter and more protective flood standards because:
  • NJ’s dense population and development patterns contribute to periodic, severe and repetitive flooding.
  • Flooding is the most frequent, destructive and costly natural hazard.  Because of this, NJ residents and businesses are forced to file the second highest number of claims to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  
  • Over 90% of New Jersey’s waters do not meet one or more water quality standards, which are set by NJ under the law and that the state is legally obligated to meet.
The New Jersey Senate agrees with our assessment.  By an almost 2 to 1 margin they voted for a resolution, finding that the rule proposal goes against legislative intent. The Assembly needs to pass ACR249, sponsored by Assemblywoman Grace Spencer and Assemblyman John McKeon.  

The first step is asking Speaker Prieto to post ACR249 for a vote on December 3rd. You can call his office at: 201-770-1303. 

The second step is to call or email your two Assembly persons (click here to find your assembly members) and urge them to support ACR249 and to demand that, on December 3rd, the full Assembly votes Yes to ACR249.  Tell the legislature that NJ deserves cleaner water and less flooding.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Dear Friends of the Ocean,

We toast you and all you do for the coast!
There is much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving...especially you!

Thanks to your dedication, advocacy, time, and support the ocean remains wild and free from harmful industry, beaches are cleaner, and it's safer to swim.

We wish you waves of joy this 
Thanksgiving and always!

-- From all of us at Clean Ocean Action 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

As the holiday season sets in and we start to think about gathering with family and friends.  It is a time of reflection and of giving thanks for that which we are grateful.  Often we seek to acknowledge our thanks with gifts of appreciation.  In so doing, there is growing movement to give gifts of love such as giving experiences and sharing time together, or donations to favored causes rather than token “things.”  Not only does this bring you closer together, but also helps reduce the “stuff” that often clutters our world and is threatening the health of our planet.     
In fact, nature is an endless source of giving. Throughout the year, our environment is there continuously to give and provide experiences that may not have a monetary value, but a value to you or your loved ones.

This is best described in a famous quote from John Muir, “in every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” As you swim in the sea, take a hike in the woods, or speed down a snow covered mountain, it is important to consider all that nature provides you and your wellbeing.
However, what if those natural resources weren’t there for you and your family to enjoy? What if the ocean was unsafe for swimming? What if the beaches were covered in debris and pollution? What if our coast suffered from an oil spill or another Superstorm Sandy?

Fortunately, these resources are defended, preserved, and protected thanks to the many nonprofits through policy, awareness and education programs which require tenacious year-round work.
Therefore, as you are giving this holiday season, we ask that you consider giving a gift to COA in honor of a family member or friend to help us protect your favorite places and natural resources.
We also ask that you consider the environment when purchasing gifts to make less of an impact. Think globally, act locally. For more information and ideas on sustainable gifts, green holiday events, and ways to reduce your plastic habit please visit

Tuesday, December 1stis “Giving Tuesday” and we hope you will consider making a gift to COA. Please call the office or visit our website to make your donation today.