In addition to the Denim & Pearls celebration, COA will be publishing a keepsake book which will feature the programs, accomplishments, and most importantly the individuals who have helped shape COA over the past 30 years.
* The deadline for page sponsorship is extended until November 22nd!
Clean Ocean Action Headquarters (18 Hartshorne Drive, Highlands, NJ 07732)
Gateway National Recreation Area
Sandy Hook Unit, Building 18
Any questions, contact Catie
Is your town Sustainable Jersey certified or interested in obtaining certification? Then the Municipal Blue Star program is for you! Learn about COA's new municipal Blue Star Program that is in collaboration with Sustainable Jersey's Certification Program. Our goal is to inspire towns to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification and reap its benefits, while at the same time focusing on watershed-wide water quality improvements.
For more information contact Catie Tobin via email or call 732-872-0111.
The US Coast Guard and Maritime Administration (MARAD) are still awaiting additional information from Liberty Natural Gas (Liberty) to satisfy numerous outstanding data gaps in their application for the Port Ambrose offshore LNG port. Then the agencies will release the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project. At this time, the Draft EIS is expected to be released in December, to be followed by public hearings around the holidays or after the new year. Once the public hearings are finished and the final EIS is issued, Governors Christie and Cuomo will have 45 days to veto the project. Governor Christie continues to state his opposition to LNG, and Anti-LNG coalition partners in New York have been organizing events focused on encouraging Governor Cuomo to make the same statement.
On October 30th, COA co-sponsored a public meeting on LNG and Port Ambrose in Bellmore, NY, which was attended by members of various organizations, elected officials, and local citizens.
In September, COA gave presentations on LNG and Port Ambrose to the Western Monmouth Chapter of the League of Women Voters and at a “Science Monday” seminar hosted by the Brookdale Community College Environmental Club. Keep up to date on Port Ambrose happenings by checking our website and blog. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation for your group, call COA at 732-872-0111.
On August 8, Clean Ocean Action learned that the participants in the Rutgers-led seismic survey off the Jersey shore, set to occur this July and August, had decided to postpone the survey until the summer of 2015. Due to equipment malfunctions on their vessel, the Marcus G. Langseth, the researchers were unable to obtain the 30 days of data needed before the expiration of their federal authorization on August 17.
Upon hearing the news, COA Executive Director Cindy Zipf said, "It is a victory for marine life this summer, and for the state of New Jersey and thousands of citizens that have rallied to their defense. The coastal economy won't be a victim of Rutgers' seismic blasting off our coast...this year. However, we are stunned that the National Science Foundation, Rutgers and others are going to try again next year given the many members of Congress, the State of NJ, NJ State legislators, fishing, diving, tourism, and ocean advocacy organizations, and nearly 20,000 petition signers have opposed the project."
"They blind-sided us last time, but now time is on our side and we will demand that the permitting process have robust congressional and state oversight and ample time for public review. We, the people, will be prepared and organized to advocate on behalf of New Jersey marine life to stop this dangerous experiment."