Thursday, July 11, 2019

COA, Glide Surf Co. and Patagonia Film Screening

Waves of thanks to Glide Surf Co in Asbury Park and Patagonia for hosting COA at a screening of 3 powerful surf activism films about keeping our waves & oceans wild; “Los Plastico”, “Saving Martha”, and “Estado Salmonaro” to benefit COA’s clean water initiatives. Guests enjoyed beer donated by Birravino in Red Bank and a discussion about actively fighting for ocean protection.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Green Infrastructure Champions Training Program

Pictured here L to R: Dr. Chris Obropta, Dr. Swarna Muthukrishnan, Tobiah Horton
Dr. Swarna Muthukrishnan, COA’s Staff Scientist successfully completed the Green Infrastructure Champions Training Program conducted by Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program on June 7. The GI Champions Program is a series of nine workshops that focused on all aspects of the important role of Green Infrastructure practices in stormwater management, including advocacy, community outreach, design, implementation, and maintenance of GI practices. The training was conducted by Chris Obropta, PhD, PE (Extension Specialist and Professor at Rutgers University) and Tobiah Horton (Extension Specialist and Asst. Professor at Rutgers University).

COA Attends the Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Summit

On June 17 and 18, 2019, COA’s Coastal Watershed Protection Coordinator Alison McCarthy attended the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Marine Debris Summit, hosted by Clean Virginia Waterways, the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, and George Mason University. This solutions-based summit showcased successful marine debris reduction programs at the national, regional, state, and local level, with the goal of uniting partners to create a marine debris reduction plan for the Mid-Atlantic. Alison presented on the legacy of 34 years of Beach Sweeps data as a driver for policies that reduce debris at the source.

Welcome Summer Interns!

Pictured from left to right: Spencer Munson, Program and Resource Coordinator; Patricia Dunkak, Communication and Resource Intern; Alison McCarthy, Coastal Watershed Protection Coordinator; High School Intern, Fei Xuan Phun; Kendall Keelen, Policy Fellow; Cindy Zipf, Executive Director; Peter Blair, Policy Attorney; Megan Andreasen, Marine Debris and Water Quality Intern; Mary-Beth Thompson, Chief Operating Officer; Kari Martin, Education Coordinator; Swarna Muthukrishnan,PhD Staff Scientist; Zack Karvelas, Outreach Fellow; Allie Meyerhoff, Marketing and Communication Coordinator; Isabelle Rosa, Nonprofit Intern
COA’s lean, green ocean pollution fighting machine is expanding for summer with the arrival of our summer interns. Please join us in welcoming Megan Andreasen, Marine Debris Water Quality Intern; Patricia Dunkak, Communications and Resource Intern; and Isabelle Rosa, Nonprofit Intern! COA would also like to wish our spring high school interns Brendan McCartney, Fei Xuan Phua, and Julia Wakin farewell and good luck in their first year at college!