Thursday, January 16, 2014

Clean Ocean Action

Love the Jersey Shore (and hate the image it was given by that TV show)?

If you do, you certainly want our beaches clean and the water clean and safe to swim in.

Remember all those horror stories a few decades ago about medical waste washing up on beaches and the water being closed to swimming because of pollution?

Our Atlantic Ocean waters are still threatened by all kinds of pollution, but the water is cleaner and those stories appear a lot less frequently.

Some of that improvement comes from tougher laws and better enforcement, but we must also credit groups like Clean Ocean Action.

Clean Ocean Action lives up to its name, taking actions to keep our ocean clean. They work to stop toxins and trash off the beach and out of the water. They mobilize volunteers who have picked up over 2.25 million pieces of trash weighing in at 606,000 pounds since 1993. They worked at Hurricane Sandy clean-up.

COA's Mission Statement: "Our goal is to improve the degraded water quality of the marine waters off the New Jersey/New York coast."  They identify the sources of pollution and mount an attack on each source by using research, public education, and citizen action to convince our public officials to enact and enforce measures which will clean up and protect our ocean.

You can volunteer to help and make a donation to the group. Clean Ocean Action is a 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit organization.

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