Assateague Coastal Trust – Keeping Sediment Out of Local Watersheds

Assateague Coastal Trust pic

Assateague Coastal Trust
Image: actforbays.org

J. Christopher Llinas lives and works in Maryland, where he is an attorney in private practice. Outside of his professional life, Christopher Llinas spends his time running triathlons and supporting environmental causes. He was able to raise $2,000 for the Assateague Coastal Trust in 2014, thanks to his success in the Louisville Ironman that year.

The Assateague Coastal Trust exists to protect and care for the coastal watersheds in the Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia areas. The region, known locally as Delmarva, is delicate and prone to change. Protecting the coastal watershed is critical to the region’s overall health.

One of the organization’s projects, the Get the Dirt Out campaign, fights against contaminant-laden runoff. Construction and development in the area often adds sediment to local water, which presents a significant environmental concern. To keep dirt, sediment, and toxic chemicals out of local waterways, the trust trains volunteers to monitor water quality in their area. These volunteers act as watchdogs, helping to ensure that major construction sites are operating within the law and not polluting the water.

Assateague Coastal Trust Keeps an Eye on Stormwater Runoff

Assateague Coastal Trust pic

Assateague Coastal Trust
Image: actforbays.org

J. Christopher Llinas (Chris) serves as corporate counsel at Royal Plus, Inc., a company dealing in disaster restoration based in Snow Hill, Maryland. Outside of work, Chis Llinas is an avid philanthropist and spends much of his time supporting local charities and foundations such as the Assateague Coastal Trust.

The Assateague Coastal Trust is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation and health of Delmarva, a coastal area spanning Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. The Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) has been in place since the 1970s and has since looked to preserve the state of the coastal bays in the Delmarva area for the animals there and for future generations through a mixture of advocacy and fundraising.

One way in which ACT works to accomplish its mission is through its Get the Dirt Out program, an effort let by the COASTKEEPER (focused on advocacy and education) branch of the organization. Get the Dirt Out focuses on monitoring construction companies around the protected bays to make sure that their regulations are on par with requirements regarding stormwater runoff. If the companies are not complying fully, toxic runoff could easily get into the bays and damage them extensively. Get the Dirt Out relies on volunteers to check up on these companies periodically.