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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

3rd Annual Wade-in & Race at
Isle of Wight Bay

On July 26th, Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) and Assateague coastkeeper is promoting clean, swimmable waters as part of Swimmable Waters Weekend. ACT invites the public to the 3rd Annual Isle of Wight Bay Wade-In on Saturday, July 26, at 10:00 a.m. at the Isle of Wight Nature Park, located off Rt. 90 at St. Martin Neck Road (between the bridges.)

A wade-in is an unscientific check of water clarity. Retired Maryland State Sen. Bernie Fowler initiated the first one 20 years ago to check water quality in Maryland's bays and tributaries. The official wade-in measurement, known as the "Sneaker Index" measures how deep waders can go and still see their shoes.

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"Benefit the Bays" Day
at Jolly Roger

Enjoy a day of fun at Ocean City’s largest amusement park – and help keep our water Swimmable-Fishable-Drinkable by supporting Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) and the Assateague Coastkeeper!   This year’s annual "Benefit the Bays" Day at Jolly Roger will be held Sunday, August 3rd, at Jolly Roger Amusement Park on 30th St. and Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Maryland. (map)

"Benefit the Bays" offers discounted* entry to Splash Mountain water park (10 am – 6pm) and to Jolly Roger’s two mini-golf courses (10 am – 6 pm) and amusement rides (2 – 6 pm). Play all day for just $30 per ticket – a huge savings off the park price! Or save even more with 4 or more wristbands at only $25 each.

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Is the Water Safe?

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Top Stories & News

We are disappointed MDE does not feel our concerns about lack of data, transparency of the data, and adequate consideration of pollution loads from agriculture warrants a change to their draft ...Read More >
Paddlemania 2014 is Coming!
September 18-21; Four full days of paddleing events and fun. More details coming in August.
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How We Celebrated Earth Day
ACT’s Earth Day celebration began on April 24th with our first ever Toast for the Coast.Read More >

Upcoming Events

3rd Annual Isle of Wight Bay Wade-in
Isle of Wight Nature Park
Intersection of St. Martin's Neck Rd. & Route 90
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Eat for Change - a Chipotle Fundraising Event
12909 Ocean Gateway, West Ocean City, MD
4:00pm - 9:00pm Read More >

Jolly Roger "Benefit the Bays" Day
30th & Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD
10:00am - 6:00pm Buy Online >

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.