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Beaches and Oceans

Keep Our Beaches Clean

Ah, the beach . . . the sand, the surf, the sun . . . seagulls calling to each other, fish jumping, crabs skittering across the shore. There's something about the rhythm of the waves and the feel of the sand beneath your bare feet that soothes the soul.

But coastal development, erosion, and water pollution are no day at the beach. Increasing numbers of tourists visiting beaches each year take an environmental toll, putting coastal areas and the wildlife that inhabit them at risk. Overfishing and even cruise ships threaten our oceans.

Fortunately, there are a lot of conservation groups dedicated to saving America's beaches, oceans, and coastlines. You can make a difference in many ways. Become and advocate for marine protected areas, make a donation to help save degraded salt marshes, or just practice good beach behavior, like picking up litter - and picking up after yourself. Find out about more ways you can help today.

How you can keep beaches clean and safe

Leave no trace (if you carry it in, carry it out)
Use public restrooms (help keep beach water clean)
Don't tread the dunes (prevent beach erosion)
Know your limits (swim, surf & boat safely)
Respect native habitats (wildlife & plants)
Mind your pet (help keep beaches sanitary)
Get involved!

Source: cleanbeaches.org



Make A Donation
With your support, these organizations can continue working to save our beaches.

Review the organizations below or search for other related charities.

Clean Beaches Council
Devoted to sustaining America's beaches
Donate

Cousteau Society
Protect the water planet for future generations
Donate

Earthjustice
Defending the right of all people to a healthy environment
Donate

Ocean Conservancy
Solutions to issues affecting our oceans & all marine life
Donate

Oceana
Protecting the world's oceans
Donate

Surfrider Foundation
Protecting our oceans, waves & beaches
Donate

World Wildlife Fund
Save our seas
Donate

Be A Volunteer
A little time can go a long way. Participate in beach clean-up and other awareness projects.

Volunteer with one of these organizations or search for opportunities in your area.

Earth 911
Get involved in community clean-up efforts
Volunteer

Environmental Protection Agency
Volunteer water monitoring
Volunteer

National Estuary Program
Volunteer estuary monitoring
Volunteer

Ocean Conservancy
International coastal cleanup
Volunteer

Surfrider
Join the Respect the Beach program
Volunteer

Year of Clean Water
Participate in National Water Monitoring Day
Volunteer

Speak Out
Save the oceans through advocacy and action.

Clean Water Network
Join the Clean Water Action Center
Speak Out

Earthjustice
Say no to dumping industrial waste in U.S. waters
Speak Out

Ocean Conservancy
Sign the Ocean Wilderness Pledge
Speak Out

Oceana
Fight for clean beaches
Speak Out

Surfrider Foundation
Take action to help our coastal environment
Speak Out

World Wildlife Fund
Take action around the world
Speak Out

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