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KNOCK KNOCK…who’s there? Not Clean Ocean Action! (COA)

COA does not go door-to-door. We do not solicit funds or signatures, or distribute information through canvassing. If you have questions or concerns, COA suggests contacting your town administrator. Please further note that Clean Ocean Action has no financial affiliation with the organization called Clean Water Action (formerly known as NJ Environmental Federation) or any other canvassing organization.

VICTORY! Governor Murphy Denies All NESE Permits

“NESE is finally dead in the water! Three cheers for the hard work of the coalition on both sides of the ocean in the NY/NJ region, and the thousands of citizens who rallied to stop NESE,” said Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action. “We salute NJ Governor Murphy and the NJDEP for recognizing that this project would have devastated the environment, and is and will always be UN-NESE-SARY!”

Following NY’s denial of all permits for the Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline project (NESE), NJ also denied all permits for the proposed project.

Read the Press Statement on NJ Gov. Murphy's Denial of All NESE Permits

View the NJDEP Letter Denying NESE Permits

Read the Press Release on NY Gov. Cuomo's NESE Denial

Celebrating 35 Years of Beach Sweeps – Virtually!

Though we couldn’t sweep the beaches together this April due to the pandemic, COA held a fun-filled Virtual Vintage Beach Sweeps to celebrate 35 years of Beach Sweeps! The celebration kicked off via social media on April 22, Earth Day, and continued through 2020 Spring Beach Sweep’s Day on April 25. Each day presented a new challenge with a chance to win a cool limited edition Beach Sweeps T-shirt. Over the four-day celebration, participants tested their beach litter knowledge, recalled their most ridiculous finds, donned their vintage Beach Sweeps apparel, and shared their favorite Sweeps story and memories.

View Virtual Vintage Beach Sweeps submissions

 Over 7 Million Reasons to Salute Beach Sweeps

COA's 2019 Beach Sweeps Report highlights: the cumulative items removed over the past 34 years of Beach Sweeps -- an astonishing 7,239,232!


Clean Ocean Action’s annual Ocean Celebration on November 13, 2020 will be themed in honor of the Beach Sweeps program. Please Save the Date! The beautiful artwork by Stela Ryan was made from pieces of litter collected during Beach Sweeps.

4-Day Virtual Student Climate Change

Education Rally a Huge Success!

On March 27-30th COA hosted a 4-day virtual student rally to support NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy’s Proposed Climate Change K-12 NJ Student Learning Standards for Public Schools by inviting students to create visual expressions of what climate change means to them and how important climate change education is to their future. The inspiring submissions were included in COA's public comments to the NJ Department of Education on the NJ Student Learning Standards. If approved, New Jersey will be the first state in the nation to incorporate climate change education in all education standards for public schools. The student works included original posters, poems, sonnets, speeches, and songs.



View the Student Submissions.

Has your municipality eliminated single-use plastics?


Clean Ocean Action strongly urges municipalities to pass local ordinances addressing single-use plastic pollution. Currently, COA is aware of 57 municipalities that have adopted such ordinances. To assist your municipality, COA has materials and tools available.

Click the links to see COA's model ordinances for banning single-use plastic:



Polystyrene (Styrofoam) foam food containers


All of the above in ONE! (COA recommendation)

Municipal action needs to take place because the 2018-2019 Legislative session ended with disappointment as New Jersey lawmakers did not pass what would have been the most comprehensive single-use plastic reduction legislation in the nation. If passed, the legislation would have phased-out single-use plastic straws, shopping bags, and Styrofoam food containers, which plague our beaches and kill wildlife. 

Thankfully, the bill has already been reintroduced in the new legislative session. The first hearing on the bill took place on January 30th in the Senate Energy and Environment Committee. Read COA's testimony at the hearing.


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