Assateague Coastal Trust
ACT To Protect Our Coastal Bays
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Advocacy, Conservation, and Education

The Assateague Coastal Trust’s mission is to promote and encourage the protection of the health, productivity, and sustainability of the coastal bays watershed of Delmarva through advocacy, conservation, and education.

The Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland & Virginia) coastal area is a fragile, constantly changing ecosystem. Maintaining the health of this ecosystem is critical to preserving the way of life that is unique to the shore.

ACT is committed to protecting our watershed to ensure clean waterways for humans and wildlife, quality public health, and sustainable economic growth now and for future generations.

Featured Events

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is Back!!

From the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Collection.  Courtesy of SYRCL

We are excited to bring you our 5th Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Thursday, November 19th. We will be featuring over 12 short films that will amuse, amaze and inspire!

This year’s show will once again be held at Seacret’s Morley Hall in Ocean City, MD. The venue boasts one of the most advanced sound systems on the East Coast and over 20 high definition televisions around the venue to view the films in addition to the large projection screen.

We will have a matinee showing at 2pm and an evening showing at 6pm. Food and drink specials will be available from Seacrets and we will also have a silent auction during the event with many great packages from local buisnesses.

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Coast Kids: Wilderness First Aid
Walk on the Paul Leifer Trail

Did you ever ask yourself what you would do, if you find an injured person in the wilderness? This class gives a quick overview how to care for common outdoor injuries such as blisters, bleeding wounds, and broken limbs. If you have a camping pad, please bring it to the event. Also, please bring an old towel and bandanas. After the Wilderness First Aid class we will walk on a beautiful trail in the woods behind Furnace Town. Please bring bug spray and wear walking shoes.

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Coast Kids: Christmas Parade Workshop

This year, Coast Kids is making a new float for the Berlin Christmas Parade. It will be a large diamondback terrapin (Maryland’s state reptile) and terrapin hatchlings! If you would like to participate in the Berlin Christmas Parade on December 3rd, please come to the workshop, and make a terrapin hatchling shell for you to wear in the parade. If you want to be part of the Christmas Parade, but you can’t make it to the workshop, please call Verena at 410-629-1538 and come by the office to pick up a turtle shell kit.

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Not Off My Coast!

The Down & Dirty
on Atlantic Drilling

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Top Stories & News

A HUGE Thank you to both our Coastkeeper and our Summer Intern, David D'Alessandro for sampling our water each week and reporting how safe the water was to swim in! Sampling will begin again after Memorial Day.
ACT calls for moratorium on new poultry house construction until Maryland puts water quality monitors back online and explains how poultry expansion will meet public health needs as well as PMT goals.”

Read the ACT statement and the EIP report

Upcoming Events

Coast Kids: Wilderness First Aid & Walk
Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum
Snow Hill, MD
1:00pm - 3:00pm
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Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Seacrets Morley Hall, Ocean City, MD
2 Shows!
2:00pm Matinee & 6:00pm
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The Next Generation of
Environmental Stewards

Our Coast Kids program is a hands-on environmental education program that provides opportunities for kids and their parents to directly experience coastal Delmarva, appreciate the majesty of the Coastal Bays ecosystem, and become engaged in the mission to protect our natural heritage.

The mission of Coast Kids is to help participants to develop a sense of place - a geographical and ecological awareness that will result in more enjoyment, and ultimately more stewardship of the environment.

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An "On The Water Advocate"
For Our Waterways

The Assateague Coastkeeper® is your public advocate, protecting the Atlantic Coastal Bays for the people, plants, and animals who rely on clean and safe water.

The Coastkeeper® is an on-the-water monitor who patrols the watershed by boat in search of evidence of pollution or other water quality problems. The Coastkeeper® also reaches out to and engages citizens to provide additional eyes, ears and even noses to identify and report pollution sources.

You have a natural and legal right to water that is swim'-able, fish-able and drinkable. The Coastkeeper® is there to stand firmly on the side of you and your family to safeguard this right against polluters.

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A Campaign To Keep Offshore Oil Drilling Out Of The Atlantic Ocean

The Obama administration is proposing to open the waters off Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia to offshore oil and natural gas production beginning in 2017.

While the proposed leasing sites are outside of Assateague Coastal Trust’s operating region, the impacts of drilling and the threat of a potential spill are very real for Assateague Island, our coastal eco-system, and economy.

Here we hope to provide some information on the impact offshore drilling could have on our environment and economy and why we think offshore drilling is the wrong decision for our future.

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