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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 canvasing organization.



The NESE pipeline battle is a crazy roller-coaster ride, and unfortunately, the ride’s not over yet! Short story: Williams NESE was denied the permits, but was allowed to reapply, which they have. We have until August 2, 2019 to demand a public hearing in the Bayshore and an extension to the comment period. Time to rally-up once again!! Williams stands to make billions of dollars; they will not stop until we stop them.

View the factsheet here.

 Learn more about the fight here.


Here's how you can help fight the pipeline reapplication:

1. Submit a Comment to the DEP. Comments will be accepted by the DEP until midnight on Friday, August 2.

Write to the department to ask to hold a public hearing in the Bayshore, extend the comment period by 30 days, and deny the project permanently.

See a sample comment template here. Send the comment by mail to NJDEP Division of Land Use Regulation Mail Code 501-02A, PO Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625; and electronically to joslin.tamagno@(Spam protected email address) and stephen.olivera@(Spam protected email address)

2. Call Governor Murphy (609) 292-6000. Write him at

3. Sign the petition here.


Read COA's formal comments submitted to the NJDEP on May 2nd.

New Jersey Towns Continue to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics!


Parsippany-Troy Hills, Atlantic Highlands, and South Orange are among the most recent New Jersey towns to join a long list of over 30 local ordinances aimed at addressing single-use plastic items.


US States have also been leading the charge addressing single-use plastics

California - passed statewide legislation banning the sale of plastic bags in 2016 and became the first state to adopt a statewide ban on plastic straws in 2018

Connecticut - passed statewide legislation with phase-out fee on plastic bags and eventual ban in 2021

Hawaii - became the 1st state to ban plastic bags through a de facto ban in 2015

Maine - became the 1st state to ban single-use polystyrene foam containers and later plastic bags, effective 2020

New York - became the 3rd state in the country to ban single-use plastic bags, effective March 2020

Maryland - Became first state to ban all polystyrene foam food packaging, effective July 2020 

New Jersey - pending bill to ban sale of single-use plastic bags, plastic straws, and polystyrene food containers

Oregon - passed statewide legislation banning single-use plastic bags with a five-cent fee on paper and reusable bags as well as a ban on plastic straws except upon request only, effective January 2020

Vermont - passed statewide legislation to ban single-use plastic bags, polystyrene food service products, plastic beverage stirrers, and single-use plastic straws upon request, effective in July 2020

Stay up-to-date on Coastal Beach Conditions this summer!

Every summer, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program (CCMP) administers a weekly monitoring Program (CCMP) administers a weekly monitoring on the bacteria water quality of 180 ocean and 35 bay monitoring stations.

Throughout the summer, NJDEP's beach monitoring reports are published weekly on In addition, COA will provide weekly social updates every Tuesday on conditions for 215 lifeguarded, public beaches along the coast of New Jersey from Highlands to Cape May.

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Clean Ocean Action is honored that Executive Director, Cindy Zipf, is the featured cover story of Community Magazine’s July 2019 issue!


Check out the story, “The Ocean’s Voice,” including beachy fun facts and great photos by Carmela Caracappa!

For the fourth consecutive year COA has achieved a 4-Star Rating by Charity Navigator!

“Only 17% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Clean Ocean Action outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Clean Ocean Action apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”


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