Monday, October 3, 2016

Sandy Paws Fur Clean Water

Waves of thanks to all Sandy Paws pups and PAWticipants that attended the Second Annual Sandy Paws, Walk FUR Clean Water on Saturday, Sept. 24th! Over 115 dogs walked throughout New Jersey with Packs from Ocean City to Hoboken!

The main event included a fun pet costume contest, PAWesome vendors and a beach dog walk. All dogs were invited to attend the After PAWty at the Wonderbar in Asbury Park with drink specials by Tito’s Vodka, a Smooch Your Pooch Booth, and the Top Dog awards.

Special thanks to the Sandy Paws committee, volunteers, vendors, and event sponsors: World Auto Group, Tito’s Vodka, Bayshore Recycling, Atlantic Vet, and Paws & Anchor.

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Limited Public Comment Period for Pipeline Project

The “Northeast Supply Enhancement Project” is a proposed pipeline expansion project from Old Bridge, NJ, across the Raritan and Sandy Hook Bay and ocean, to Brooklyn, New York. The project will disturb over 20 miles of bay floor and impact numerous species, as well as fishing, boating, and recreational activities. The much too short public comment period for the scoping process closed on September 23, with no public meeting held along the Raritan and Sandy Hook Bayshore, where many of those who would be impacted by this project live and work.

COA continues to work with NY/NJ Baykeeper and elected officials to seek public meetings along the Bayshore and an expanded comment period for this project. The project could encourage the transport of fracking-produced natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region to the New York region.
New Jersey would absorb the environmental impacts and risks of accidents and leaks while receiving no benefit. Furthermore, continued investment in fossil infrastructure will further lock the region into a climate catastrophe in the near future. We must oppose this project. To take action and get involved, sign up for alerts at and, and sign the petition against this project at: .

Welcome Aboard, Gianna!

COA welcomes Gianna Fischer to the team as the Dery Bennett Fellow for Ocean Advocacy. Gianna joined the crew in August and works to link advocacy, law, and science into coordinated successful campaigns and engage coalition partners in advancing local, state and federal ocean protection public policies.

Gianna graduated this summer, one year early from Boston University (BU) College of Communication with a BS in Public Relations and a minor in Political Science on a Pre-Law Track.  In Gianna’s short career, she has already worked as the Marketing Assistant at the BU School of Law, Communications Assistant with the BU Alumni Association, Public Relations Intern for Mintz Levin in Boston, and as a Market Research Intern for Edelman Berland in NYC. Gianna is no stranger to COA, she joined COA as a high school intern in 2013, after SuperStorm Sandy, was a Summer Intern in 2014, and again in 2015 as COA’s Policy Intern. In addition, Gianna was President of the Delta Chapter of Sigma Kappa and Editor-in-Chief of the BU Buzz Magazine, both at BU. Wow! Gianna is outstanding and we are thrilled to have her join the crew as the 2nd DW Bennett Fellow, which continues the legacy Dery started

Gianna has already made a splash at COA with her dedicated work ethic and pleasant professionalism! Welcome back aboard, Gianna!

Howell Awarded Municipal Blue Star Certification

On September 12, 2016, Clean Ocean Action awarded a Municipal Blue Star Certification to Howell Township, NJ, at a Town Hall ceremony to recognize their efforts to improve water quality. Howell’s Environmental Commission and Green Team executed a number of sustainably-minded initiatives to improve and protect water quality.

The municipal Blue Star program combines the visionary Sustainable Jersey Initiative with Clean Ocean Action’s focus on water quality protection. The program encourages communities to promote healthy waters, resilient communities and environmentally-sound practices through the completion of various projects that protect community watersheds and climate mitigation. Howell attained the
necessary 75 points for the Municipal Blue Star certification. Examples of the actions completed include Education for Sustainability Programs, Natural Resource Inventory, Community Forestry Plan and Tree Cover Goal, and Recycling Education and Enforcement.

In addition to Sustainable Jersey projects, towns are required to choose one of COA’s additional actions. Howell unanimously passed the Stormwater Utility Support Resolution, which focuses attention and effort on matters of water quality associated with the installation, maintenance, retrofitting, improvement, and repair of stormwater infrastructure to improve surface water quality in Howell Township, Monmouth County, and the State of New Jersey.

We encourage Howell to continue on their quest toward water quality improvements through the Municipal Blue Star program.

Any municipality registered or certified in the Sustainable Jersey program is eligible to work toward the Blue Star certification. For more information about COA’s Blue Star Program, please contact Gianna: 732-872-0111.