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

Welcome Spring!

16th Annual Native
Plant Sale

Anxious to get outside and start some gardening in the warm fresh air? Get started by pre-ordering some flowering plants that are native to our area.

Native plants grow here on the Delmarva Peninsula naturally and don't require pesticides or herbicides to keep them looking great!

We have flowering plants for full sun, part shade and full shaded areas. In addition to flowering perennials, there are also various heirloom tomatos and herbs available. We have made it convenient to shop from home with our on-line ordering system. Each plant has a beautiful photo and brief description so that you can suit it to your garden properly.

The Native Plant Sale is May 9th from 8:00am to 1:00pm and you may buy many of the plants listed at the sale. However, the best way to "reserve" your selections and guarantee that they'll be available, is to pre-order by May 5th.

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Help Stop Water Pollution - Use Reporter App

The Assateague COASTKEEPER reminds you to download the water pollution reporting app for the Coastal Bays, the WATER REPORTER, by Viable Industries.

Citizens who are engaged are the best stewards of our coastal environment. Equipping you with this user friendly, free smart phone app is one way to help protect water quality in our coastal watershed.

The “Water Reporter” app engages citizens in preserving and protecting the waterways they love. If you see pollution, you can report it directly to the Coastkeeper and also automatically map the location simply using your phone and its camera.

Download the free app through your phone's app store.

Not Off My Coast!

The Down & Dirty
on Atlantic Drilling

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Top Stories & News

ACT Submits Comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in Opposition to the 2017-2022 Proposed Oil and Gas Leasing Program. ACT is leading the charge on the Eastern Shore opposing the Obama administration's proposal to allow oil and gas offshore drilling in the Atlantic. Read ACT's comments to BOEM in response to this proposal.

Check out our resource page on offshore drilling to learn more about the potential impacts of the Obama administration's proposal.

Upcoming Events

Coast Kids: Frog Calls at Herring Creek
Herring Creek Park, West Ocean City
6:30pm - 8:00pm
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16th Annual Native Plant Sale
9931 Old Ocean City Blvd.
Berlin, MD
8:00am - 1:00pm
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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.

More on the Coastkeeper >

A Model Community For Environmental Protection And Conservation

Grow Berlin Green (GBG) is a campaign dedicated to establishing the town of Berlin, Maryland, and surrounding areas as a model community for participatory environmental protection, conservation and smart growth.

The campaign includes events and activities designed to involve citizens, business owners and government officials to better build a foundation for citizen and policymaker participation.

The goals of GBG include improving understanding, engagement and activism among citizens and policymakers, increasing conservation efforts, improving natural resources management, reducing waste and increasing recycling.