Portsmouth

2014_08_20_compositeToday we hosted our 3rd cleanup at Pheasant Drive Beach and met Leslie and Dennis from the area who heard about our initiative from the local newspapers. Four people and a dog removed 61 pounds of trash on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon. As we were leaving a family showed up, asked what we were doing and asked if they could get a trash bag to help out. A good day, to meet 2 new folks and inspiring a family to leave the place looking better than they arrived… clean+ocean+access

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Public Access

2014_08_19_general_updateAccess to the shoreline is where Clean Ocean Access started in January 2006.  Since that time we have formally adopted 6 rights of way with CRMC as of December 2013 and are actively monitoring and working to adopt 8 additional CRMC rights of way. This process takes time and we are also exploring our long term goals for public access that reach far beyond each access point. In 2015 we will be looking to expand our program in Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth in the years in accordance with Rhode Island Constitution, Article I, Section 17. If you would like to get involved in monitoring public access, making sure it lasts forever, let us know. Thank you.

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Ban the butts

Today we talked with a reporter and it made the 2nd news feature on the nightly news

http://www.abc6.com/story/26301335/push-for-smoking-ban-at-aquidneck-beaches

 

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Marine Biology

2014_08_14_compositeOn August 14th we performed another cleanup at Surfers End of 2nd Beach and removed 60 pounds of trash. It was a really nice day with fading surf and a ton of seaweed on the beach. A Middletown high school student heard about our group and wants to help and she is going to get involved to do her senior project on the year to year comparison of marine debris and its impact on biological aspects of the ocean, she is going to college for Marine Biology so it is a perfect fit. Good things happen at the shoreline…

 

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Lemonade

2014_08_13_compositeOn August 13th we performed another cleanup at Pheasant Drive Beach in Portsmouth and removed 47 pounds of trash. It was raining at the start and the sun came out at the end. A Portsmouth high school student doing his senior project on running a small business has added “philanthropy” to his business and raised $100 dollars and donated it to Clean Ocean Access. He is running a lemonade stand at farmer’s markets and his tag line is “When Life Gives You Lemons… Give Them Back”. This was the highlight especially after removing all sorts of junk from such a beautiful stretch of coastline.

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Boys and Girls Club

2014_08_12_seakeepersToday we had an opportunity to share the COA message with kids from the local Boys & Girls Club at the Newport Shipyard as part of a larger initiative by Sea keepers to educate the kids on ocean health and marine pollution. We gave each kid a blue marble and tweaked the blue mind approach. Instead of it being about gratitude, it was about “being responsible”. Each kid has to do 10 things to demonstrate they know what it means to take good care of the environment, and then pass on the marble to someone else, sharing what they did, and asking the next person to do the similar things. All good stuff…

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Portsmouth

2014_08_06_cleanup_pictures 2014_08_06_cleanup_resultsDoing a coastal cleanup is pretty easy. Show up with a few bags and a few friends, pick up some trash, feel good about it, walk away and you are done. Working to improve ocean health and eliminating debris from our shoreline requires a committed long term effort. COA is up for this challenge. Last week we conducted our first weekly cleanup at Pheasant Drive Beach and removed 45 pounds of marine debris. This included 94 food wrappers, 39 straws, 36 plastic bottles and 50 cigarette butts. Unusual items included a back pack, garbage can full of shredded Styrofoam, a chair, lids to paint cans and a few car parts. Stay tuned for a complete listing of 2014/2015 schedule of events that expands our core programs (CLEAN, OCEAN, ACCESS) up the island to make sure we work hard to make this a great place to live and work.

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more concrete?

2014_08_07_crack_in_wallAsking for more concrete on the cliff walk is not an easy thing to say, traditionally speaking keeping the cliff walk natural would be ideal but finding the balance for safety, accessibility and protecting the natural beauty and primitive ruggedness is a delicate balance. There is a section that has some deteriorating walls that didn’t make the plans for the cliff walk repairs but we are hopeful that we can get this included in the next project (fortification of a section near Around the Corner along with the section that critically needs it between Webster and Narragansett).

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Water Quality Results

2014_08_07_water_quality_resultsLast Thursday the Easton’s Beach Stream and Marine Avenue Beach had unacceptable levels of bacteria. Every Thursday we collect 9 (nine) water samples and deliver them to the Rhode Island Department of Health for laboratory analysis for Enterococci (the bacteria associated with warm-blooded animal waste such as humans and deer). We’ve been doing this exact program since 2008 and the original program started in 2006, we test the waters all year-long, every week. The worst thing on this graph is that we missed the test at Ruggles, with a 100% volunteer organization, this can happen. However, if you know anyone who would like to help with water sampling, it would be great to get them involved to be a back-up resource when we need help. In 3 weeks the beach season ends, water quality isn’t tested again until Memorial Day, but our program continues every week because of your help.

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Fixing the railing

2014_08_08_rusty_railingAfter the cliff walk repairs project finished recently we’ve been monitoring the entire cliff walk (as part of a new idea that we’ve had initial positive feedback from CRMC) and shared our findings with the cliff walk commission and the department of transportation. Fortunately we have a great relationship with everyone involved and this section of new railing that just started rusting will be fixed. The key thing is that this section has the highest wave impact, even with 2 foot swells with a high tide, this section has wave action while the rest of the railing really only sees water if the waves are big. DOT mentioned that in talking to the Design team, the rusting/water infiltration issue is planned to be addressed with added rubber plugs to keep the water out, with some cleanup work to be done before their installation. So this is good news, we found a little issues and it will be addressed before it becomes too much bigger. If you like walking on the coastline, you are a perfect candidate to help with our access program

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Taking good care of the cliff walk

2014_08_08_post_at_rugglesWith the uptick of visitor traffic with the recently opened cliff walk the fence is falling apart at Ruggles. In the past 2 years our public access monitoring program has reported a similar issue and the City of Newport has fixed the post foundations in 2 sections. We recently reported another post (as shown) and the City is going to fix the post. This is a good partnership where the volunteers who monitor the access points and coastline bring to attention issues that can get fixed before they require costlier solutions. We currently are monitoring 14 rights of ways and plan to expand to 50 in the next 2 years, this will be possible with your help. If you’d like to get involved, let us know.

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What is that smell at the east corner of 1st Beach?

2014_08_09_smell_at_beachThis has been a popular question so we did some research. The dumpster in the far east lot is used for storage of the seaweed that is raked off the beach. Once the dumpster is full (and it is pretty close) it is taken to RI nursery for composting. This is good although the smell is quite strong. We are going to ask if some signage can be put in place near the dumpster to explain its purpose rather than people thinking it is trash. On a big scale picture, our Seaweed Nutrient Analysis Program (SNAP) begs the bigger question as to why we have so much macro algae and whether the nutrients coming from the watershed are resulting in the abundance and persistence of seaweed on our beaches. If you would like to help with these activities, let us know, it takes a community to make things happen!

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We are looking for volunteers for three of our programs.

We are looking for volunteers for three of our programs.

  1. Water Quality | If water free of bacteria is important to you, you can be part of the solution and help to collect a water sample on Thursday morning between 6AM and 8AM. It takes 30 minutes door to door.
  2. Seaweed | If reducing the amount of seaweed is important to you, you can be part of the solution and help to test the water anytime during the week using a simple lab kit. It takes about 60 minutes.
  3. Public Access | If getting to the coastline is import to you, you can be part of the solution and help to monitor a right of way anytime during the week with a simple form. It takes about 15 minutes.

Get in touch with us via email at info@cleanoceanaccess.org

THANK YOU

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Electronic Cigarettes

2014_08_07_ecigarettThis is a cartridge for an electronic cigarette. It is a 16MG size and menthol flavored and is equivalent to approximately 350 puffs, though individual results may vary depending on use. We are now founding these on our area beaches, such as last night at 2nd beach. We are actively working on using the data we find and driving for changes at a personal level (each one of us making better decisions) and also with policy changes to take better care of our natural resources.

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August 7th (Water Testing and Beach Cleanup)

The team collected nine water samples this morning, great job!  This afternoon we are hosting our AFTER5 beach cleanup at 2nd beach at 5pm-6pm at Surfers End. Everyone enjoys a clean beach and a healthy ocean, new folks and old folks are welcome to come together to be part of taking care of our coastline. Enjoy the day.

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Beach Cleanup on August 6th

Today (August 6th 2014) we are hosting a coastal cleanup at 5PM to 6PM at Pheasant Hill Beach in Portsmouth RI at 5PM. This will be a monthly program every Wednesday in August, and part of our overall strategy of expanding our CLEAN program further up the island. Everyone is welcome to attend, it is a very nice stretch of coastline.

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Open Meeting Schedule for the rest of 2014

2014_07_25_open_meeting_announcementsEvery 3rd Tuesday of the month we’ll have open meeting at the Newport Public Library (6pm in August and 7pm for September thru December) and everyone is welcome to attend and share ideas and ask questions and be a part of making COA happen! We will make sure to have this information posted on our Google calendar (which is accessible via the calendar feature on our website), as events on our face book page and within our email newsletter.  Enjoy the day!

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Making a difference…

2014_07_23_compositeIn the past three months we’ve put focus on the  Department of Environmental Management State Park Kings Beach Fishing Area in partnership with groups from Chile, Boston and China. Solving the problem of marine debris on our shoreline is complex, but one of our solutions is to engage people in taking good care of the environment, inspire them to make changes, sharing the message back home and collecting metrics on the impact of our work. Excluding a one-time fishing net, it is clear that by focusing on a specific area, with a clear plan of attack, that we can make a difference. The next 4 weeks are quite busy on Ocean Drive, but we’ll head back out in about a month and see if the debris flux reduces further or if we reach a steady state. A big thank you to all the leaders, volunteers, state park rangers, … everyone!

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Let’s work together for cleaner water on island

Here is a letter to the editor from our President of the Board! Newport Daily News

 

 

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Coastal Cleanup results as of July 10th 2014

2014_07_17_results_as_of_2014_07_10Here are the totals of the AFTER5 coastal cleanup as of July 10th 2014. Our original idea for better signage for changing human behavior this summer is still part of the plan for 2015 and we are also getting ready to work with all three island communities to ban cigarette butts at area beaches. Our next event is July 24th at 5PM at Surfers End of 2nd Beach. Have a good day!

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