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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.



Governor Murphy only has until September 25th to save our water, air and climate from the devastation and pollution from the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE). 

Come by land or sea to urge Gov. Murphy to  SAY NO TO NESE at the Press Conference/Rally on September 14th from 10:30am by the Pier at Marine Park, Red Bank, NJ!

Bring signs, banners, SUPs, kayaks, canoes, boats, rafts, friends, family, and your voice!

Immediately following the rally will be the celebration of the 44th Annual Clearwater Festival.

RSVP today!

Join the Fall 2019 Beach Sweeps with Bring Your Own Bucket Campaign to further eliminate plastic waste!

Register for the Fall Beach Sweeps on Saturday, October 26th from 9am-12:30pm!


Waves of thanks to all who submitted comments and signed petitions! A decision will be made by September 25.


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.

View the factsheet here.


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

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

2. Sign the petition here.

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

National Geographic Features Clean Ocean Action!

COA is thrilled to share National Geographic's latest Planet or Plastic feature which focuses on cigarette pollution! It highlights Clean Ocean Action and the Beach Sweep program, and seeks to challenge the social norm of littering cigarette filters. In 2018 Beach Sweeps volunteers collected an astonishing 21,998 cigarette filters from beaches and shorelines throughout New Jersey in just six hours. Cigarette butts are the last unacceptable form of “acceptable” litter, but we all have the power to change this social norm. No butts about it – use an ashtray!

Watch the video:

Read the article:

Do your part to consciously eliminate cigarette and single-use plastic pollution at the source by taking part in National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic pledge and learn more of what you can do by reading COA’s 10 Tips for Smokers!

National Geographic's Plastic Reduction Pledge:

COA's 10 Tips for Smokers


New Jersey Towns Continue to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics!


Woodland Park, Garfield, Secaucus, and Paramus, one of New Jersey's biggest shopping towns are among the most recent New Jersey towns to join a long list of over 40 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 - Banned 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.

View updates

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.”



Student Summit

The Fall 2019 Student Summit for Middle School Students, open to Southern NJ Counties, will be held on October 3rd, 2019 at Island Beach State Park. Download the 2019 Fall Student Summit Application


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