Assateague Coastal Trust
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Advocacy, Conservation, and Education

Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) works to protect and enhance the natural resources of the Atlantic Coastal Bays watershed 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

Native Plant Sale
Pre-order for Mother's Day

For the 15th year, Assateague Coastal Trust will offer a selection of native flowering perennials, heirloom tomatoes, herbs and local crafts at its annual festival. This year the event will again be next to ACT’s office, steps from the corner of Old Ocean City Boulevard and North Main Street in Berlin. And the date for this year’s sale, May 10th, or the day before Mothers Day, arrives just in time for shoppers to honor their moms with natural gifts that keep on giving…and are good for the environment too!
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** New ** Maryland Lawn Fertilizer Law means a change in habits. Use this Simple Guide to comply and still get a green lawn.

1st Annual "Toast for the Coast" Event
Celebrates Earth Week in Style

Defend Clean Water

Promoting Accountability and Transparency in Delmarva's Poultry Industry & Maryland's State Agriculture and Environmental Agencies

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Top Stories & News

ACT has prepared comments that we are submitting to the MDE on their proposed
draft TMDL . . .
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ACT's statement regarding the Critical Area Variance Decision for the construction of a 190’ elevated walkway across private and state owned wetlands . . .Read More >
Worcester County Circuit Court judge denies motion to dismiss the petition filed by ACT on November 22 . . .
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Upcoming Events

Toast for the Coast
West O Bottle Shop
West Ocean City, MD
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Coast Kids: Earth Day at the Zoo
Salisbury Zoo
Salisbury, MD
10:00am - 4:00pm Read More >

Operation Medicine Drop
Various Locations throughout the County
Worcester County, MD
10:00am - 2:00pm Read More >

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 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.