Two Coastal Cleanups in Portsmouth on Saturday

Common Fence and Prudence to be targeted

Posted 9/11/18

PORTSMOUTH — For the fifth consecutive year, Save The Bay is leading International Coastal Cleanup efforts in Rhode Island, and there will be two events in Portsmouth this Saturday, Sept. …

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Two Coastal Cleanups in Portsmouth on Saturday

Common Fence and Prudence to be targeted

Posted

PORTSMOUTH For the fifth consecutive year, Save The Bay is leading International Coastal Cleanup efforts in Rhode Island, and there will be two events in Portsmouth this Saturday, Sept. 15.

The two local sites are:

• Common Fence Point, from 9-11 a.m. The Common Fence Point Improvement Association is leading this cleanup, and volunteers will meet at the community hall at 933 Anthony Road.

• Sandy Beach on Prudence Island, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will lead this cleanup along with Save The Bay. Volunteers are asked to meet at the ferry dock parking lot on Narragansett Avenue. Volunteers who are coming from off-island should take the 9:45 a.m. ferry from Bristol and depart on the 4:15 p.m.

At both cleanups, volunteers will scour the shoreline and record data to be included in the Ocean Conservancy's annual report on marine debris. 

Save The Bay will provide trash bags, data cards, pencils and disposable gloves. All volunteers should dress for the weather and wear clothes they don't mind getting dirty. Closed-toed shoes are required. 

All volunteers must be able to do some light to moderate bending and lifting. Volunteers under 16 must participate with an adult. Participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable gloves, water bottle and snacks to the cleanup event.

“Every year, we are amazed by how many people care deeply about our shoreline, and are willing to say ‘It's not OK to trash the Bay,’” said Save The Bay Volunteer and Internship Manager July Lewis. “These community volunteers play a pivotal role in preserving shorelines for recreation and the health of our oceans. We’re always looking for more people to join the cleanup effort.”

Interested volunteers can sign up for these cleanups, and others, by clicking here. Those looking to organize their own cleanup or those with questions should contact Ms. Lewis at jlewis@savebay.org.

If you have trouble signing up, e-mail volunteer@savebay.org or call Ms. Lewis at 401/272-3540, ext. 130 to get registered. You can also RSVP on the International Coastal Cleanup Facebook page. 

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