Surf Fest V

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On June 22nd we met with the food vendors and lots of folks helping out with Surf Fest V and talked about logistics of how to make this a great event for the community. We are honored alongside Strong Hold Society to be the event beneficiaries for the charity raffle. If you would like to help at the COA tent and with our waste stream activities, please get in touch with us.

http://www.waterbrotherssurffest.com/

 

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Block Island Race Week

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On June 24th we partnered with the Block Island Race Week to help with sustainability efforts and it was truly awesome to see every participant receive a reusable water container so as to eliminate single-use plastics from all sail boats. To show our stoke for this step towards sustainability we ran 3 cleanups with Sailors For the Sea at Andy’s Way, North Point and Benson Beach and 15 people removed over 50 pounds of marine debris contained within over 1100 items.

https://www.facebook.com/BlockIslandRaceWeek 

https://www.facebook.com/SailorsfortheSea

http://www.blockislandraceweek.com/

 

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Water Quality

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On June 25th an awesome team of dedicated volunteers collected 12 water samples in Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth, you can see the weekly results right here.  Starting very soon we’ll be expanding the program looking into new areas to find the dry-weather bacteria sources, this will likely provide the insight we need to reduce beach closures, even with the new standards.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Y5u3u0vajiq52KRGtBM993-ubOovcQm4L60WulWZpZQ/edit#gid=549300542

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2015 Alison J. Walsh Award

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Earlier this month at the Save The Bay annual meeting our Executive Director was awarded the 2015 Alison J. Walsh Award for outstanding environmental advocacy. Whether you volunteer 1 hour a week, donate 50 dollars a year or work 7 days a week for COA, each of us has an important opportunity to contribute to the mission and bring our community together, make better decisions for our environment, and improve the quality of life for our residents, visitors.

http://www.savebay.org/awards2015

 

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Endless Summer Camp

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On June 25th we partnered with the Endless Summer Camp and our Access program and cleaned the public-right-of-way at King Fisher Avenue, also known as Pebble Beach or Zero Beach. We met some fisherman and talked about marine debris and gave them a trash bag. The kids agreed that a solution exists for every type of debris on the beach, it all relies on responsible and mindful choices to take good care of our beaches.

 

https://www.facebook.com/endlesssummercamp

 

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Brooke E. Gonzalez Adv. Racing Clinic 2015

IMG_2642On June 19th we partnered with 11th Hour Racing and Sail Newport for a presentation at the Brooke E. Gonzalez Adv. Racing Clinic 2015 and provided a presentation our Marine Debris Solutions Project and real-world sustainability efforts on local sail boats. A great group of people and an incredible opportunity to inspire the next generation of adults that fixing the problem of marine debris is within our reach, it just takes determination, persistence and a believing that we can do it! 

http://www.sailnewport.org/Clinics/gonzalezclinic

https://www.facebook.com/pages/11th-Hour-Racing/296438217073791 

https://www.facebook.com/sailnewport

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Please take good care

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On June 25th we continued our AFTER5 beach cleanups at 2nd Beach, thanks to Carol and Bert running the show. This week in just 30 minutes we found an incredible amount of Del’s straws, food wrappers and miscellaneous paper. Think about skipping the straw, being more responsible with food wrappers and never leaving a trace. Thanks to everyone who helped out, see you at the beach every Thursday at 5PM at Surfers End

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GUEST BARTENDING EVENT at CAPPY’S HILLSIDE CAFÉ

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CLEAN OCEAN ACCESS INVITES YOU FRIDAY JULY 3RD FROM 5PM TO 8PM To CAPPY’S HILLSIDE CAFÉ FOR OUR GUEST BARTENDING EVENT. Join your friends and neighbors for a Friday evening out while supporting CLEAN OCEAN ACCESS

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Yoga on the Beach!

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It is with relaxed appreciation to let you know that Shelley will be hosting Yoga on the Beach to benefit COA this summer and the class on Tuesday June 23rd is free. Thank you very much for supporting COA! Find a way to get down to the beach to be a part of it. Our cleanups on Thursday at from 5-6 and then Yoga is 6-7!

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Reducing beach closures

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In partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Health we are expanding our water quality monitoring program to reduce beach closures. Additional test locations will be established and integrated into our weekly program, these tests will help to identify the general location of the elevated bacteria, and via an iterative process, we will find the source, and that will allow our us to work with the community to fix the issue. More beach days mean more tourism dollars, jobs, recreational days, reduced illness, and an improved quality of life. This expansion of the program requires a small amount of money and a few more volunteers. Please consider joining the COA1000 (2 dollars per week, which is less than a medium cup of coffee, beer or lemonade at the beach) http://www.cleanoceanaccess.org/coa1000/ and also volunteering about 30 minutes per week on Thursday morning. Thank you

 

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Another great cookout!

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Our 9th annual volunteer appreciation cookout was granted another year of great weather, and with over 80 people in attendance, it was a great event! A big shout to Marty for helping with getting the food, Captain Mike for providing live music and Frank for stepping up to be the grill-master! So many people do so many different things to make COA successful, these events are extra special as it brings like-minded folks together. COA is made up of a community that cares about the environment, please join forces and make a pledge of just 27 cents per day and join the COA1000 LINK so that our mission can continue into our 10th year of service.  Thank you

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Day of Service

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On June 11th we hosted the 2nd annual day of service for Cambridge Associates at Sachuest Point. The place was AMAZINGLY clean, thanks to the COA Marine Debris Solutions Lifecycle Project (MDSLP) team that is made up of 16 people who have adopted a small section of the coastline and visit their section each month and monitor the coastline and perform a marine debris removal event. Promoting environmental stewardship is as easy as going outside and showing that you care. Thanks to Kate and Annie for hosting the event, and as always this time of the year our poster (compliments of RPMS) also includes a shout-out to promote Surf Fest V!

 

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Improving water quality

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On June 11th we delivered our weekly batch of 12 water samples to the Department of Health, and to no surprise with DRY-WEATHER the reading from Easton’s Stream was elevated and unacceptable, as this is a trend we’ve seen for a while. In partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Health we will expand our water monitoring program further upstream to find the source of bacteria so that action can be taken to solve the problem. Improving water quality requires boots-on-the-ground. Together with the AWESOME volunteers who collect samples EVERY Thursday, along with our active work with the RIDOH, DEM and EPA and local municipalities we will achieve our goal of permanent year-round clean water. How can you help? There are many ways to get involved in this process. Volunteer 1 hour per week, Donate to support our activities, or get involved and put your expertise to action within our collective efforts. Let us work together and make this happen!

 

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Access, the most important program of them all!

20150615_190036On June 15th we attended the Middletown Town Council meeting to hear the 1st reading of the no-smoking ordinance and to stay current with the comments about Pebble Beach. We monitor the rights of way 2 times per month and perform 2 cleanups per year, we are going to step up our activities at this location (and possibly all locations) to make sure that “STEWARDSHIP” is heard loud and clear as they only way to treat our shorelines. Together, we can protect public access and property value.

 

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Breathe easier…

no smokingOn June 17th we attended the cliff walk commission meeting and reviewed everything from 500K maintenance projects, fencing issues, green infrastructure, test dates for drilling, the status of the sewer pipes on Ruggles Avenue, economic impact study working with Salve, trail marker program, photo journal and the 1st draft of “breathe easier” no smoking signs. If you’d like to get involved with the cliff walk and protecting the coastline, let us know.

 

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Thompson Red Carpet!

comboOn June 15th we were honored to be a part of the 2nd annual Inny AWards for Thompson Middle School at the Jane Pickens’ Theatre. The films the children created about local issues were amazing, the energy level was thru the roof and everyone who made the event happening (teachers and students) did a terrific job! A big shout out to all the members of the community who participated in interviews, including our own Vice President Kate!

 

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Newport Waves

20150617_164029_smallOn June 17th we participated in the Newport Waves Kick-off event. You’ll see this around town really soon and it is all about public safety for all forms of transportation.  Making our island a safe place to travel goes hand in hand with protecting our environment, together it makes our island a better place to live and an even better place to visit. Good for you, good for business, good for everyone! For more information, check out http://newportwaves.org/

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Beach SAMP Coalition of Community Leaders

BEACH_SAMPOn June 16th we attended our first meeting as a member of the Beach SAMP Coalition of Community Leaders. This group will work together to make sure we develop the right policies and guidelines for protecting our shorelines. There are lots of moving pieces that go into building the right Beach SAMP, our island has long sandy beaches, rugged rocky shores, small harbors, big harbors. If you would like to get involved with the ACCESS part of COA in terms of policy, let us know. Thank you!

 

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RI Rivers Council

303D programOn June 16th we attended the DEM RI Rivers Council meeting in Providence. The focus of the meeting that was of special interest to us was the protection and restoration of our drinking water supply sources (both surface and groundwater) as well as protection and restoration of the nearshore water on our beaches. The group was excited to hear that we will be re-energizing the Aquidneck Island Watershed Council this year. Taking good care of the water on this island is something we can easily do by working together. With a focus exclusively on Aquidneck Island, there are plenty of ways to get involved with our efforts for (1) data collection, (2) identifying issues and (3) taking action.

 

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Clean air and clean water

cesspoolWe need clean air (smoke-free) and we need clean water! The last cesspool (an underground container for the temporary storage of liquid waste and sewage) was built in Rhode was in 1968, for good reason… they leak sewage into our ground water and coastal waters. Let us move forward in a state-wide uniform way and support the state-wide legislation that requires existing cesspools to be removed within one year of a property sale or transfer. Our friends at Save The Bay and practically every environmental group supports this initiative, it makes sense for Aquidneck Island and Rhode Island. Consider your options … and please call your State Representatives expressing your support of House Bill #5668, do it before Tuesday at 2pm. http://status.rilin.state.ri.us/documents/agenda-11387.pdf

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Thankful Thursday

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For Thankful Thursday we look back a year ago and see Bert, Sarah, and Ruth, and Travis helping with the COA cleanup and Johnny and Chris running the Pulse Fitness on the Beach. Healthy Living, good stuff!

A big shout out to all the volunteers who make this stuff possible! For water quality today, the team of Totts, Jim, John, Jack, Tyson, James, Brendan, Eric, Billie, Steve, Jim, Eddie and Dave D are hard at work collecting 12 water samples to improve water quality for year-round permanent clean water. For marine debris today, the team of Carol, Holly, Bert, Ruth, Bob, Kate and Annie are hosting 2 beach cleanups to eliminate marine debris from the shoreline to improve ocean health. Thank you!

 

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watersheds and beach closures

pana_shotA great meeting today with folks from URI, Salve, Aquidneck Land Trust and Town of Middletown working together to improve the health of our watersheds and reducing beach closures. A big chunk of this work is about data collection to understand the issue, working together to identify the causes, and then taking action to solve the problem. To bring about social change to make this stuff happens doesn’t requires an advanced degree in the subject, you can make a valuable and significant contribution by volunteering your time, donating to fund the organization, or contributing a key service (accounting, data entry, grant writing, book keeping). Enjoy the day!

 

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3 days later

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Last week was the first rain event in a while and over 3 days later the bacteria levels from Easton’s Stream and also far away at Easton’s Point were still elevated. We want to do more work to find the source of the bacteria and partner with the local officials to take action. This requires a small amount of funding for COA staff and a few volunteers to get involved with regular water collection. Find a way to help and be part of the effort for permanent year-round clean water. Thank you

 

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Joe Would Go

20150607_080910Another great Joe Would Go Waterstop this morning for the Newport10Miler with a great group of volunteers and an action packed water transfer!

 

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3 communities in 3 days…

O20150603_175637 20150603_181516 20150605_104907n Wednesday we did a beach cleanup at Easton’s Beach (Newport), followed by a beach cleanup at Sachuest Beach (Middletown) on Thursday and then we did a shoreline access check at CFP (Portsmouth) on Friday as part of our long-term efforts for public access on the entire island. These events are relatively simple in nature, but they add up to the core programs of improving ocean health and keeping the shorelines available for all ocean activities. You can be part of this journey to make this a better place.

 

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walking away…

20150603_130630The only footsteps on the beach when it is closed due to water quality are people walking to the sign and then heading back home (such as this past week at the Atlantic Beach Club pictured here). We are actively working on water quality issues whether it is regular water quality monitoring, identifying issues or taking action to fix it. This is a huge tasks so we work with partner organizations like ALT, STB, CLF, CWA but when it comes to boots on the ground on the island doing stuff, that is where our volunteers are doing great work every Thursday and Saturday!

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power up!

20150601_195843Taking good care of our watersheds means being involved in active topics such as the 5-year National Grid project to upgrade the power lines on Aquidneck Island. Precious land within our watershed is already filled with power lines and we need to make sure that the net-change of the substations results in more pervious surfaces, better protection for wetlands and source protection as well as minimized impact to adjacent property values.

 

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World Oceans Day

Sign the petition HERE and share your voice to support World Ocean’s Day

 

 

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Just the facts…

2015_now_no_smokingThank you to every person who has come to a beach cleanup to improve ocean health and taken the time to use the tally sheet, something we never used to do, and now we do it for every event! The 2015 statistics are lower than previous years as the snow-pack only supported removal of larger debris. The 3-year totals tells the story.

 

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Girls On The Run (GOTR)!!!

2015_05_Girls_on_the_runLast week we partnered with Girls On the Run (GOTR) who have a vision of a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. This vision was clear as they showed up running from their school nearby! Our Board member Elaine spoke with the girls about ocean & environmental stewardship and in teams the girls tackled improving ocean health by removing marine debris from 1st beach.  The project had the girls pick up trash, note the trash, count their steps to the next piece of trash and also define a way to prevent that trash from showing up in the first place. Nice work GOTR!

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Leave No Trace

2015_05_21_LNTToday, Thursday May 21st, we will host the “Leave No Trace” cleanup at Fort Adams State Park. Meet on the west lawn at the Eisenhower House at 5PM onwards. We’ll send teams out in all directions. Thank you!

 

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how you can improve ocean health – skip the straw…

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Thousands of Del’s lemonade were enjoyed at the Volvo Ocean Race and not a single straw was part of the experience. Skip the straw this summer, a small but achievable step towards reducing our single-use plastics and improving ocean health.

 

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May 28th at Hotel Viking – be there!

2015_05_28_spafjorPlease join us on May 28th at the Spa at Hotel Viking from 4pm to 8pm and meet a local business with a new name that supports Clean Ocean Access.  Thank you!

 

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Exploration Zone at the Volvo Ocean Race

Bert_SheldonWe look forward to the opening of the Exploration Zone at the Volvo Ocean Race Village tomorrow at 10AM and hope that EVERYONE can check it out! A huge THANK YOU to Bert for being part of Clean Ocean Access and designing awesome artwork (including our 2.0 Logo) exhibits and for Sheldon being the leader on environmental issues in Washington. Together we can make great things happen!

 

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Boats arrival, environmental education starts soon!

20150506_220236Great to see the 1st boat arrive safely last night and looking forward to SCA showing up in a few hours!

 

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3 ways to make a difference

May_posterThere are many ways to get involved with taking good care of our environment. We are looking for volunteers to help with these activities for the summer months. With a little bit of money and a lot of volunteer time, we can continue to expand our impact and improve the health of our local island environment. Thank you!

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protecting public access and safety!

20150503_091758Part of our ACCESS program (which is the foundation of COA) is to report issues to the right people. Here at Sea View Avenue we’ve been communicating the erosion and slope stabilization issues. In partnership with the City of Newport action is being taken to flag the area and also fix the problem. Monitoring public access is the first step of protecting access and it also allows for fixing issues such as this. Thanks to Eric and Scott and crew!

 

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improving the health of our watersheds

2015_05_04_pennfieldYesterday we started a citizen scientist watershed monitoring program at Sandy Point Beach, Portsmouth, RI in partnership with The Pennfield School. The program design provides a hands-on problem based learning experience with vertical integration that engages the students and promotes long-lasting stewardship of our watersheds and coastline. The program builds on the Seaweed Nutrient Analysis Program (SNAP) that COA established in 2014 at Easton’s Beach that has a focus on determining whether elevated levels of nutrients are linked to the persistence and abundance of macro-algae at areas beaches. Our goal is to roll out a similar program for every river or creek on the island that flows into the ocean. Low-cost and high-impact, together we can keep our waters clean!

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Cultural landscape foundation

20150503_095037This weekend the Cultural landscape foundation is having a multi-day event in Newport and one of the places of interest is the cliff walk. On April 22nd we partnered with Salve Regina University and removed 97 pounds of debris from the cliff walk and on May 3rd we had a cliff walk commission impromptu effort to make it look that much nicer. Here is John Hirschboeck helping out with removing mostly consumer-based litter from the cliff walk. Nice work John!

 

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Improving ocean health one cleanup at a time

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81 people removed 172 pounds of small to medium size marine debris from Fort Adams State Park. The shoreline and grassy fields are looking great and ready for the North American Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race coming next month. THANK YOU to Fred for helping out and all the new and old folks who came together to make another solid effort of improving ocean health one cleanup at a time.

 

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Volunteering at the Volvo Ocean Race

2015_04_07_volvo_volunteer_requestWe are looking for people to help with the COA education exhibits at the Volvo Ocean Race. The exhibits are easy to understand and fun to share our programs with all the folks visiting the event. If you’d like to help, please email at info@cleanoceanaccess.org Thank you!

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Earth Day is every day!

Instagram_HTCTW 4Today is Earth Day, actually every day is Earth Day! Make a Choice to take a Chance that results in positive change by being nice to more people and taking better care of the planet. Amidst a bunch of stuff today, we are looking forward to the feature Newport Film at Jane Pickens tonight!

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Saturday Paddler wanted

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Join the team working towards permanent year-round clean water. We are looking for 1 person to help out on Saturdays with collecting an offshore water sample. It takes about 20 minutes, you can do it any time of the day. Please contact us via FB or send email at info@cleanoceanaccess.org  THANK YOU!

 

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One step closer

20150418_145933 20150418_143118 20150418_12275671 people removed 2,545 pounds of small to medium size marine debris from Gull Cove Fishing Area, Portsmouth RI. A great team effort by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Portsmouth High School and a solid showing of Aquidneck Island community. THANK YOU to Chloe, Ben, Christine, Andrew, Elaine, John, and Elaine for running a great event. Cold drinks and sunblock, a welcome change!

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Gull Cove today at Noon

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Our most important program

image3Please find links to our quarterly reports on public access. A great team effort by an awesome group of volunteers. THANK YOU

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Newport Maritime Alliance

Layout 1Thursday night we are sharing the COA message at the Newport Maritime Alliance Annual Meeting as we work together to improve the health of Newport Harbor. There are a few spaces still available! If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Matt (see attached poster for email) no later than Wednesday at 5PM. Thank you!

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Thank you!

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20150411_141157114 people removed 1,132 pounds of small to medium size marine debris from Fort Adams State Park. A great team effort by so many AWESOME people! The shoreline and grassy fields are looking forward to the North American Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race coming next month. THANK YOU to Kevin, Melanie, Laura, Nate, James, Jon and Christine for running such an amazing event!

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See you tomorrow, SUNSHINE!!!

Marine Debris Cleanup 2015 North American Stopover of the Volvo Ocean RaceDrop off your harder-to-recycle items at Easton’s Beach from 8AM to 12PM and then head to Fort Adams to help with our massive coastal cleanup. We will partner with Newport Maritime Alliance as they tour the harbor removing debris from the surface of the water. If you would like to get on the boats and help out, let us know when you arrive and we’ll get you connected. See you tomorrow, SUNSHINE!!!

 

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Next month will be here soon!

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Volunteer opportunities to improve the health of our watersheds

2015_04_07_watershed_how_you_can_helpWhether it is collecting a water sample in a stream, half-a-mile off the beach or analyzing the results and working with local schools; there are plenty of ways to get actively involved. Get in touch with us and we will find the perfect activity for you. Thank you.

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This weekend

Marine Debris Cleanup 2015 North American Stopover of the Volvo Ocean RaceThis weekend. Take the first step of helping out with the biggest event to come to Newport in 2015. Marine Debris has been a huge focus of the Volvo Ocean Race, let us do our part to make sure our coastlines clean!

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Triple Local

20150328_195123 20150328_200119A great showing last night at MISSION for “The Ripple Effect” Art & Beer Pop up Show! The photography and sculptures were amazing and provided stiff competition to the awesome food which was just as ono. Many thanks to the John Harrington, Patrick Murphy, the entire staff at MISSION and local folks who had a good time on another snow-filled evening helping out the local efforts of Clean Ocean Access. A big shout out to Ali for making it all happen. Thank you.

 

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working towards clean water, all year long, on the entire island!

2015_03_12_water_qualityResults from March 12th 2015: Earlier this month we started water testing in Portsmouth. Because of the volunteers, we have a great program, working with the City of Newport, Town of Middletown, reaching out to Portsmouth and all our samples are tested at RI Department of Health. The values shown may be unacceptable using proposed EPA standards and number with black backgrounds are unacceptable based on current EPA standards. Fortunately, we are working with city and state folks towards year-round permanent clean water. If you would like to get involved, let us know. Taking a sample, driving to the lab, analyzing the data, there are lots of way to work together and achieve our goal. Thanks!

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Saturday Night!

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Another day at the beach

20150322_161033Clean Ocean Access (COA) performed a coastal cleanup at Pheasant Drive Beach, Portsmouth Rhode Island on March 22nd 2015 where 9 people removed 530 pounds of small to medium size marine debris as part of the Marine Debris Solutions Lifecycle Project (MDSLP) program. The snow delayed our efforts on Saturday but a dedicated group of folks helped out on Sunday from Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth and we removed 1,363 pieces of debris from the shoreline and coastal vegetation. With a stiff NW winds, some of the stuff was arriving while we were cleaning.  Our goal was to finish this area in March; however after 8 cleanups since August 2014 removing 3,273 pounds of debris there is still a significant amount of work, so we’ll be back in April! A volunteer reported “If there are 1 million people in RI and each accidently lets 1 piece of waste become litter, we could end the year with 365 million pieces of debris on our shoreline, a frightening statistic.”

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Water Conservation… everyday!

2015_03_22_water_conservationHere are some thoughts and actions to think about on world water day. Everyday is a good day to make good decisions, but we’ll share some information today about water! 2015_03_22_water_conservation_001

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DEM GRANTS AWARDED FOR 2015 EARTH DAY CLEANUP PROJECTS

2015_03_19_Earth_day_DEMWe are excited to share with you that we are going to receive a $750 dollar grant to help with our Earth Month cleanups in April 2015. Right now we have events scheduled for April 11th, April 18th, April 22nd and April 25th in Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth. If you would like to help with some of the leadership activities, or want to help with the cleanup activities, your involvement is greatly appreciated and everyone is welcome! We are just shy of 63,000 pounds of marine debris removed from the coastline and with your help we will fix the problem of the past and prevent it from coming back. Thank you!

 

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2007 Parade

004 006 2007_choiceEveryone is welcome to be part of our carbon-free St. Patrick’s Day Parade Float on Saturday. Send us email at info@cleanoceanaccess.org. What if it snows? Don’t worry, in 2007 it was downright frozen and still a good time!

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Harbor

2015_03_09_HARBORLast summer at 2nd beach we met some folks and found a cool connection of the maritime community and the interest to clean the Newport Harbor. In the fall we had more conversations and last week we took the first step partnering with the Newport Maritime Alliance to play a lead role in the Newport Harbor Cleanup. Our vision is a harbor that is free of marine debris with water that is safe for swimming (and all ocean activities) and a shoreline that is continuously accessible to the public. Whether you help with the 3 water tests in the Harbor each week, or monitoring the 17 rights of ways, you’ll soon have a chance to help with the harbor cleanup. Thank you to everyone who has helped to get us in the loop, we look forward to making great things happen. We call it “Clean Ocean Access of Newport Harbor”.

 

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Salve

2015_03_09_SALVELast fall we had 5 awesome students from Salve come to a whole bunch of our events as part of their Sociological Imagination class. The class was split into groups and the grouped partner with local non-profit organization to learn more about their charitable cause, the people involved and how things actually happen. A couple weeks ago we attended a luncheon at the Special Collections Room at the McKillop Library on the Salve Regina campus to see the results from all the teams, and Sister Jane the President of SRU was part of the experience. It is pretty cool that the first issue that led to the creation of COA had to do with a minor issue on Shepard Avenue and now Salve is a huge partner of COA, helping with Beach Cleanups, weekly Water Testing at Marine Avenue, providing oversight for our watershed program and helped with the cliff walk photo journal this past September.

 

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Service

2015_03_09_KIWANISEarlier this month we had the opportunity to share the COA message with the Newport KIWANIS group at the Mainstay Hotel near the Newport Bridge. It was a great conversation, we talked about how COA started, possible sources of pollution in our waters, Volvo Ocean Race and how COA can work together with KIWANIS to serve the children of Aquidneck Island. Thank you to Kathleen from Salve Regina University for making this connection. All good stuff!

 

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Water conservation

2015_water_conservationWe were excited late last summer to be invited to participate in the Water-Water-Everywhere Panel Discussion hosted by Aquidneck Land Trust last fall. ALT did a great job pulling it together and a packed house showed up on a rainy evening! Water falls from the sky, it is free. It is also precious and scarce and should be treated like gold. The graph below shows what can happen when you put water conservation at a top priority at your home. (1) Take shorter showers, (2) flush the toilet less often when home alone, (3) skip a shower especially on rainy days, (4) address leaks. If everyone could conserve water, we would put less demand on our ponds and rivers, we might need less capacity at our waste water treatment plant and that would save us money. Water conservation… think about it. It is within your reach, make it happen!

 

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Green Infrastructure

2015_03_03_GICCOA is part of the State-wide Green Infrastructure (GI) Coalition with a primary focus and efforts on Aquidneck Island. We absorbed the Aquidneck Island Watershed Council in October 2014 so it is just makes natural sense to get involved. One of the projects we are helping with is reaching out to local municipalities and landscapers to build an inventory of GI projects that are completed, active or planned on the island. If you would like to help, learn more about GI and most of all water conservation, please get in touch. Thank you

 

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no fumar en las playas

2015_01_31_no_smokingClean Ocean Access wants to create an environment where people look at Aquidneck Island and Rhode Island as a destination where the community cares deeply about providing a safe environment for our visitors based on taking good care of each other.  We have been working with city/town/state officials to lean in this direction. In Newport the City Council passed a resolution in October asking for an ordinance, we shared ideas and it is very likely to be introduced in March. In Middletown we worked with the beach commission and shared ideas with the town, it is possible that we could see this on the docket in the near future. In Portsmouth we started dialogue with the town council last month, a healthy conversation and they are interested in some information from Newport and Middletown. At the state level, Senator Lynch introduced a Bill in the Senate (we provided the facts from our cleanups) and this week local Newporter Representative Carson will introduce a bill in the House. We call this community-based advocacy and it all starts with building relationships and so far we’ve made some great relationships sharing our data!

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Aquidneck Island Watershed Council

2015_03_02_WatershedIn 2014 COA absorbed the Aquidneck Island Watershed Council into our OCEAN program. On March 5th we attended the Middletown Town Council Meeting that was talking a sports complex, it was great to see so many people active in local issues. Our comments were quite simply “The grant for a coastal restoration and natural habitat protection for the Maidford River could not have come at a better time. The study within that grant will provide valuable insight as to the importance of the headwater land of the Maidford River and related watershed. However, that is just 1 important piece of information that needs to be considered in making a decision”. COA learned a lot about the proposed sports complex and looks forward to working together with everyone on the next steps of bringing together all the information and making the right decision for the community and island.

 

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Improving ocean health, one cleanup at a time!

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There is 62,000 pounds less of marine debris in our local waters and coastline because volunteers have run our beach cleanups and helped to improve ocean health. As we head into the end of winter and spring we are ramping up our CLEAN program and are looking for a few people to help with the captain activities at the beach cleanups. It takes about 2 hours and it is fun, easy-to-do and is a really important part of welcoming people to COA so we can all do our part to improve ocean health. If you would like to help, please get in touch with us. Thank you

 

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Clean water, become a volunteer and be a part of the solution

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We need clean & safe water to enjoy all the ocean activities that we are thinking about for the upcoming summer. You can be part of the team that is making this happen by being part of the water testing program, it feels good to be part of the solution. It takes 30 minutes per week on Thursday mornings. Get in touch with us or share this message with anyone who would like to help work toward the goal of permanent year-round clean water.  Thank you!

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Emotionless plastic bags

2015_02_10_data_not_passion2This is WHY we tally every piece of trash we collect on the beach. Passion doesn’t influence policy and we recognize and respect the frustration of the opposition that hears emotional input without tangible facts. Although we were not able to be in person at the state house last Thursday, our sworn testimony was entered into the record. Here is just a portion of a news article and our testimony. Data doesn’t lie. The picture on the upper left is a plastic bag we found on Saturday, in about 20 minutes it would have been in the Atlantic Ocean, for how long… who knows…

 

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Arctic cleanup results!

2015_02_07_single_composite_2Clean Ocean Access (COA) performed a coastal cleanup at Easton’s Beach, Newport Rhode Island on February 7th 2015 where 24 people removed 110 pounds of small to medium size marine debris as part of the Marine Debris Solutions Lifecycle Project (MDSLP) program. Despite arctic conditions and plenty of snowpack a great group of people from Naval Station Newport, Providence, Newport, Middletown and North Kingston did an amazing job to improve ocean health. Besides the 47 plastic bags that were removed from the shoreline we also found 8 bags of dog waste that really makes you wonder if our “re-purposing of single use plastic bags” has taken us in the wrong direction”. We cleaned this coastline 5 weeks ago right before (and after) the polar bear plunge, so it was a little surprising to see that 5 weeks later we found so much stuff. It was nice to see and share with the cleanup volunteers the watershed program happening at the same time, with Linda collecting seaweed samples and Marty and Sue collecting water samples!

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How about helping with water quality on Thursday mornings?

2015_02_02_water_percentages2014 was a record setting year with the volunteer team collecting 96% of all water samples, that means we missed just about 2 per month. We are hoping to maintain or improve our water quality sampling rate. Right now we are in need of 2 additional people to help on Thursday morning (for about 30 minutes, anytime between 6AM and 730AM) on a regular basis. If you like sunrises and getting in the water (with a wetsuit or waders), this is a great way to get involved with COA. Thank you!

 

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Straws in 2015

20150129_135445We don’t need to outlaw straws but we do need to make better choices with the things we use that so easily become trash in the ocean. How many straws do you plan to use this year? How many do you really need to use? When Styrofoam inevitably enters your home, how do you dispose of it? Just a few basic questions that can help inspire some ideas of how to take small and practical steps that can make a difference.

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Annual CLEAN Report

Our annual report on the CLEAN program is now available at ISSUU  The AWESOME thing about this report is that YOU made it possible! Every beach cleanup, every person filled out a tally sheet, that is AMAZING! We wanted to share this presentation at the Library tonight but we’ll aim to do it in the end of February along with our OCEAN and ACCESS reports. Enjoy the viewing, you might see a picture of someone you know!

 

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meeting cancelled.

The open meeting scheduled for January 28th is cancelled and we will resume our open meeting schedule for the 4th Wednesday in February.

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What are you doing for others?

2015_01_19_MLK_ServiceAs we reflect on the great work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr we are ever so grateful to recognize that a team of 20 are volunteering to create an awesome party for next weekend, and the almost 90 people that are volunteering each week to protect, preserve and maintain the coastal resources that make Aquidneck Island an awesome place to live, work and visit. Perhaps the easiest way to give back today, and everyday, is just is to say thank you and hello with a smile. Enjoy the day whether you are busy at work or out surfing!

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PRIZES AT THE PARTY!!!

2015_01_16_compositeIn case you are wondering what kind of AWESOME things you can win at our annual winter party, just check out this banner listing of excellent sponsors! Each day we get a few more, truly amazing! Be sure to get your tickets as the show always sells out. Tickets available at Easton’s Point Pub or online at EVENTBRITE Remember, there is AWESOME foods, 2 bands, live music, great DJ and the latest edition is Spanish cider!

 

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Healthy Living and Healthy Environment

2015_01_15_education_grantWe are excited to share with our supporters that we have earned a small grant from the Michael E. McCarthy scholarship fund. In the past two summers we have continued to integrate environmental education with community service and providing a reward of surfing lessons.  This promotes healthy living and a healthy environment because spending time outside encourages physical activity and environment stewardship. Thank you to Darcy, Alyson, Kirk, Brittany, Peter and many other folks who have helped to give us a chance to provide environmental education and sports opportunities to kids that may have not had the chance. One small step at a time…

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Annual winter party!

Pulse_fitness island_Surf_and_sport salt_water_studioIt would be great to see you at our annual winter party, so many people help to make it happen! Just 12 days away and ticket sales are churning and raffle donations are coming in every day! We are happy to have Island Surf and Sports helping as they always do since our first event, stoked to have Pulse Fitness aboard and always excited to show the art work donated by Saltwater studios.  Get your tickets directly at Easton’s Point Pub or online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coa-annual-january-party-tickets-15105649404

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Burma Road Marine Debris Solutions Lifecycle Project

2015_1_10_composite 2015_01_10_summary_chartClean Ocean Access (COA) performed a coastal cleanup at Burma Road near Greene Lane, Middletown Rhode Island on January 10th 2015 where 16 people removed 1,089 pounds of small to medium size marine debris as part of the Marine Debris Solutions Lifecycle Project (MDSLP) program. One team covered the roadway and removed hundreds of small items that were blowing in the wind and heading to the ocean during the next wind shift, another team scoured the bushes and removed a large amount of bottles and bags, while two teams focused on very small coves on the coastline that contained huge amounts of plastics, bottles and fishing gear. Everyone worked together and removed several tires, a mattress, box spring, pistachio colored toilet, a broken desk, metal drums, car parts and shingles. If we had twice as many people we would have found twice as much stuff!

 

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Magic!

20150107_153439Mother nature knows how harmful plastic bags are to the ocean so she stirs up the wind to put plastic bags into trees so that us humans can see them and remove them before they find their way into the ocean. Perhaps it doesn’t work exactly this way, but nature always surprises us and interpreting the magic is all in the eye of the person experiencing it.  Do you part to take care of the environment and have fun while you do it!  Enjoy today

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Annual Party Update

anchor_bend_glass NESURF_jeansWe are stoked to have Anchor Bend Glass supporting our annual winter party, they have always provided awesome product. Thank you! In addition, this year NESURF http://www.nesurf.com/ will be providing a pair of the warmest polar-fleece lined jeans. Be sure to get your tickets at Easton’s Point Pub or online via this link TICKETS

 

 

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Polar Bear Cleanup Results

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Thanks to everyone who came out to the polar bear cleanup on January 1st 2015 at Easton’s Beach. 9AM with artic temperatures a team slowly assembled and by 1PM nearly 20 people helped out to remove 75 pounds of small to medium size marine debris from the shoreline. This included the normal stuff we find on the beach as well as cardboard from the firework shells from New Year’s Eve. It was little cold yesterday to count the debris so that will happen in the coming days. Thanks to Empire Tea & Coffee for providing great coffee.

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More raffle prizes from long time supporter!

wb_2015Thank you to Waterbrothers for helping with a donation of great product for our annual celebration of accomplishments January 24th Party, since 2006 WB has supported this event!

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Polar Bear Cleanup

2014_02_08_ (1)Join us at Easton’s Beach at 9AM on January 1st for a coastal cleanup to improve ocean health and beautify the coastline prior to the Polar Bear Plunge! Hot coffee provided by Empire Tea & Coffee!

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Cleanups for the next 3 months…

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Amazing results because of you!

2014_12_27_total_cleanup_resultsThis is what we’ve accomplished since COA started in 2006! We never imagined removing nearly 60,000 pounds of marine debris from our shoreline. In 2015 our monthly meeting will have a feature presentation highlighting the result of our core programs. January 28th at 630PM will showcase our CLEAN program. Living on Aquidneck Island almost guarantees that each person has a personal connection with our natural resources, whether it is enjoying a walk on the coastline, days at the beach with family or a multitude of ocean activities with your friends. Our CLEAN program is to make sure these activities can occur on a beautiful shoreline of a healthy ocean for future generations.

 

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A few highlights from 2014!

2014_12_23_results_2014Look at those statistics of all the work that we’ve done this year, truly amazing! This is a gift that COA gave to everyone; we appreciate the hard work of the countless volunteers, the board of directors, executive director and all the folks who have made a financial contribution. In 2014 we set out to make sure that COA can last forever, with your help we will make this a reality in 2015 and for years to come.  Happy Holidays!

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cropped-20140812_134417_2.jpgThis year we led or participated in 70 community events to share the Clean Ocean Access Mission as part of our goal of making sure COA lasts forever. Here is a picture from August 12th 2014 with 13 kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County at Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island. This was led by the International SeaKeepers and the outreach program included six educators dedicated to ocean conservation efforts including, SeaKeepers Director of Programs and Policies, Angela Rosenberg; DISCOVERY Yachts member and Co-Owner and Founder of Global Oceans, Claudia Potamkin; Co-Owner and Founder of Global Oceans, Captain Sandra Yawn; Founder of Ports of Cause, Joyce Clear; Professor of Earth Science at Massasoit Community College, Melany McFadden; and Dave McLaughlin, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Clean Ocean Access.

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Holiday Cheer Party at Patagonia on Thames Street TONIGHT!

Join us tonight at 530PM at Patagonia on Thames Street for some Holiday Cheer and be a part of receiving a grant award for our innovative ways of mobilizing the community to take action to care for the environment. Awesome food from A-Market and wine from ANDEGAVIA!

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All over the place, thank you!

2014_12_13_COASometimes it is pretty easy to get caught up in all the work of making COA a sustainable organization such that the mission lasts forever. We need to slow it down and reflect and be grateful for the AWESOME effort of the VOLUNTEERS who are outside on Aquidneck island today (perhaps right this moment when you are reading this) that are doing so many things to protect and preserve the natural environment that makes this place special.  Enjoy the day!

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Offshore water sampler

20140628_094509We are looking for one person to help on Saturday mornings with the collection of one water sample in the middle of Easton’s Bay. This is good exercise and a valuable component of our watershed analysis program. If you are able to help on Saturday for about 20 minutes, please get in touch with us and we’ll get you the supplies. Thank you.

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Holiday Cheer Party replaces OPEN meeting

The OPEN meeting scheduled for December 16th has been cancelled and replaced with the Holiday Cheer Party on December 17th at Patagonia on Thames Street from 530PM to 730PM. Come on down, everyone is welcome!

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Sweatshirts just in time for the holidays!

2014_12_11_sweatshirtsA limited batch of the first-ever Clean Ocean Access sweatshirts should be arriving and available for sale on December 22nd, just in time for last minute holiday shopping. We will have kids, women’s and men’s sizes and styles in 2 colors. The sweatshirt material is perfect for all-seasons for a cool summer night, an average Fall day or part of a layered approach for the deep winter!

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Water sampling opportunities

2014_12_10_water_sampling_opportunitiesBe a part of our efforts for permanent year-round clean water, a healthy marine ecosystem and watershed by exploring the possibility of joining our water sampling team. Making the right decisions and building the best relationships with local/state/federal officials involves regular water quality testing, timely identification of point and nonpoint source pollutants, and effective remediation. We have 3 (three) great programs running right now and if you can find the time to get involved, we would welcome your help. Contact us via email at info@cleanoceanaccess.org Thank you.

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9th Annual Hull Cove Cleanup Results

2014_12_06_Hull_Cove_resultsClean Ocean Access (COA) performed their 9th annual COA Hull Cove coastal cleanup in Jamestown Rhode Island and 37 people removed 956 pounds of small to medium size marine debris as part of their Marine Debris Solutions Lifecycle Project (MDSLP). Since the inception of this annual event on the first Saturday in December, the total effort of 320 volunteers have removed 9,212 pounds of small to medium size marine debris from this shoreline.  Despite the abundance of rain in the forecast we were fortunate to find a 2-hour window to get to the shoreline and do our part to improve ocean health. A great team effort including little kids and adults took us one step closer to removing 100% of the older marine debris from the shoreline and coastal vegetation. There was an area that we’ve worked on for 3 years that had bottles and cans from the 70’s and 80’s and we are feeling really good that it is a thing of the past.” “Sincere appreciation to the Jamestown Police for allowing for some additional parking spots during the effort, Empire Tea & Coffee for providing hot coffee, RPMS for creating awesome signs & posters, and a big THANK YOU to Narragansett Café for hosting the cleanup crew afterwards and providing excellent clam chowder and chili!

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9th annual Hull Cove Cleanup today!

2009_12_05_compositeTreat the water that falls as rain as a gift that is fit to drink, and treat our coastline that provides us so much enjoyment as something to protect forever! Today is our 9th annual coastal cleanup at Hull Cove in Jamestown, it might be a little wet but we’ve been there in the rain (picture from 2009) and it’s a great way to get outside today, meet some like-minded folks and let life slow down just for a few moments and connect with nature on a really cool stretch of coastline. See you at 12!

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Job posting for Marine folks!

Marine Research Associate III

Responsible for providing substantial technical and research support for the Coastal Resource Center’s (CRC) national, regional and local coastal and watershed management efforts. Position is full-time and is limited to 11-28-2015, with extension contingent on funding. Visit the URI jobs website at: https://jobs.uri.edu to apply and view complete details for job posting # (6001699).  Please attach (PDF) the following 3 documents to your electronic application: (#1) cover letter, (#2) resume which includes the names and contact information for three references, and (#3) a 5-page writing sample. Applications will close January 2, 2015. Only online applications will be accepted.  The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer.  Women, persons of color, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other protected groups members are encouraged to apply.  

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Get Busy Living

Get_Busy_Living_Fund25 years ago we gave 100% of the proceeds of our annual winter party to our good friend Joe Caruso who was battling Lung Cancer. Although Joe is not with us physically, he found his purpose, to inspire and motivate people to ‘get busy living’ and that lives strong today, every day. Starting in 2015, our annual winter party will put 50% of the proceeds into the “Get Busy Living Fund (GBLF)” so that COA can give back to our volunteers when/if they are challenged with life threatening illnesses. COA has an incredibly journey ahead of us to remain sustainable in terms of paying the staff, but we will always make sure our roots remain strong and the GBLF is the right thing to do, we do it every day… Get Busy Living!

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What does Resiliency mean to you?

ResilientNewportPoster (2)Are you interested in learning more about climate change in Rhode Island? Join us for a community meeting on the Resilient RI Act and Climate Change in Rhode Island at Emmanuel Church at 630PM on December 2nd.

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Protecting rights of way as sea-level rises slowly…

2014_11_29_access_FOW_COAPublic access to the coastline is where ocean activities come to life, we are looking for several people to help with our 2015 monitoring program as we expand to include the 17 rights of way to the Newport Harbor in collaboration and partnership with Friends of the Waterfront. If you can visit a right of way 2 times per month (flexible schedule, anytime that works for you!) for about 15 minutes, fill out a survey sheet and send it back, then you are a perfect fit to join this program.  Get in touch with us at info@cleanoceanaccess.org  Thank you!

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Don’t Blame Animals Only for Pollution Problems

A good article by our friends over at ECORI…

Don’t Blame Animals Only for Pollution Problems

 

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Mahalo to the Ocean Team!

2014_11_25_oceanWhether you enjoy the peace and quiet of a walk on a healthy shoreline or recreation activities in clean water, we all live coastal inspired lives and must protect what we love. A big THANK YOU to the Clean Ocean Access water testing team.  In 2006 when we started this program there was nothing happening in terms of improving water quality on Aquidneck Island. Progress has been made, people are engaged, action is being taken and the COA volunteers are out there every week collecting samples.  Stay tuned for the 2014 annual report. We are partnering with Rogers High School students and the presentation in a few months will include a complete update on the 2015 EPA Water standards. THANK YOU!

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Ocean Activities includes surf competitions!

20141123_112343Congratulations to all the little kids and older folks who participated in the final ESA contest of the 2014 season at Narragansett Town Beach on Sunday November 23rd 2014. COA has been helping out with various activities with ESA in the past few years as part of our goal of helping out all ocean activities that benefit from healthy shores and clean water. Peter Pan has been running the ESA in New England since 1971, that is an amazing accomplishment! Stay tuned for more information about the 2015 season, the first contest is scheduled for mid-February, just imagine how cold it will be!

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Paying it forward…

2014_11_22_blue_planet_killing_plasticCarson came to our fundraiser in October and received a blue marble. Here is a picture of him from last month holding up his promise to take good care of our blue planet doing a cleanup at Naval station Newport. AWESOME! Meanwhile out in the Pacific Albatrosses are dying because they travel hundreds of miles each day to find food for the one offspring they have in their entire life, but mistakenly swoop up tiny plastic and it eventually kills them. Improving ocean health starts with the choices we are making each and every day. Find a way to make a difference, pay it forward forever…

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Friends of the Waterfront

20141122_113832Friends of the Waterfront and Clean Ocean Access working together to take good care of the Watershed. Thanks to Courtenay for training Linda and Don. The warmest part of the day is time spent outside, good stuff!

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hands-on & boots-in-the-water!

2014_11_19_primerDo you live on Aquidneck Island have about an hour available to volunteer per week, around the time that it is raining? We are helping URI and SRU with a big project related to the health of our watershed and have a great opportunity to assist with flow metering. Get in touch with us and we’ll share more information and details; this is hands-on science and most of all it is fun, easy and very impactful.  Thank you!

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All year long…

IMG_2171If most people swim in the summer but some people use the water all year-long, when is the right time to monitor quality? We believe it is year-round. Our program for clean water has the ultimate goal of permanent year-round clean water. Thank you to the dedicated volunteers that collect 9 water samples on Thursday and 6 water samples on Saturday, every week of the year. If you would like to get involved, let us know. The data analysis happen inside afterwards and that is equally important!

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Our 1st grant proposal!!!

Today we submitted our first grant! It was to NOAA for support of our Marine Debris Lifecycle Project (MDSLP) which is a fancy name for the long-term “removal” component of beach cleanup activities as part of our efforts to improve ocean health. A big shout out to Jamie and Kate for the initial connection and to Jim, Lola, Brigid, Dave, Kate, Monica and Drew for putting in all sorts of effort and creating an awesome grant application. To make sure COA lasts forever we need to raise funds; whether is small donations, grants or key donors, we are working hard to find a way to make sure COA lasts forever.

http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/funding/marinedebris.html

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Q=VA

2014_11_18_flow_meteringHow fast is that water moving? Our coastal water quality program and seaweed nutrient analysis program measure bacteria and nutrients in the water at a given moment in time. To understand how much bacteria or phosphate or nitrate is actually entering our watershed and shorelines requires a better understanding of the flow and a key piece is knowing the velocity of the water. Tomorrow we will start a new partnership helping with a much larger project related to nitrates however it all comes together and integrates nicely with our own efforts. Do you remember Q=VA from physics or fluid dynamics? Do you have time to help volunteer using some cool instruments? Get in touch with us…

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Have you ever been to these spots?

2014_12_cleanup_posterA big shout to Annie and Patricia who help out each month with putting up over 100 posters in Newport County sharing with the community our next set of marine debris removal event. There are 3 parts to our efforts: removal, education and solutions and each one of them relies on the community to get actively involved. This isn’t about picking up trash on the beach, it is about taking the first step of a long journey of improving ocean health and living healthy lives.  The cool thing about these 2 places in December is there are quite a few people who have never been to either location!

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When is the next cleanup at Hull Cove?

IMG_7536You might drive by Hull Cove in Jamestown and wonder when we are having our 9th annual Hull Cove Cleanup. Now we have a sign in place!

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Finishin up the cleanup, almost…

20141117_152027Today we helped out to finish up the weekend cleanup and removed the trash. We left behind the 31 engine oil filters and aim to work with the environmental police to track down who left these on the shoreline.

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Monthly Meetings

2014_11_17_monthly_meetingsOur monthly meeting is on Tuesday, November 18th at 7PM at the Newport Public Library. It is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. Here is a quick AWESOME update for 2015, these will be good events and we’ll bring cookies for dessert!

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Idea becomes a program, good stuff!

IMG_3097An awesome shot of Easton’s Beach from our Seaweed Nutrient Analysis Program team. Every Saturday they collect 6 water samples, 6 seaweed samples and take this picture. Thanks to everyone who helped turn this idea into a program!

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Mid-Day Saturday, you outside, yes…

2014_11_14_Gull_CoveOn Saturday at 12PM you can join with Clean Ocean Access and be part of the first phase of the Marine Debris Solutions Lifecycle Project (MDSLP) at Gull Cove Fishing Area. Hot Chocolate and Coffee provided by Empire Tea & Coffee and marsh mellows from Stop&Shop. You want to get outside tomorrow, and this will feel good!

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Mission 2.Ocean

2014_11_09_MIssion_2_OceanIt is with excitement and sincere gratitude to let you know that on Thursday evening at Green Drinks we received a donation from http://www.mission2ocean.com/ to support our Marine Debris Solutions Lifecycle project (MDSLP). It is great to see local businesses working on innovative ways to up cycle plastic and at the same time helping to fix the problems of the past. We look forward to working together with Mission 2.Ocean into the future. Thanks also to everyone who came to Green Drinks on Thursday night, Kara for making it happen, Bill for hosting the event and providing the great food and Tyson for an inspiring talk on how Sailors for The Sea are healing the ocean.

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60 is the new 104…

2014_11_07_ocean_2014_10_23Thank you to the dedicated water testing team that collects 9 samples every Thursday. Results from late October show that bacterial levels remain a problem and we need to keep this issue at the forefront so that we can achieve permanent year-round clean water. How can you help? How about volunteering to collect water samples, analyzing the data, donating to the cause so we can continue to run the program, helping to build our annual report and using a digital publishing tool with cool info-graphics! There are many ways to get involved, contact us at info@cleanoceanaccess.org

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CRMC File Number 2014-08-008

access_4One of our core programs “ACCESS” has the principle to ensure public access & shoreline habitat are is available and protected forever. It is critical to strike the right balance of environmental consciousness, fiscal responsibility and a vision of resiliency as mother nature changes her ways. COA attends the monthly Cliff Walk Commission meetings and recently we reviewed the proposed plans for coastal protection. We are providing our letter of support with a few reservations. The plans are available via this LINK and the letter of support is HERE.

Clean Ocean Access has formally adopted 6 public rights of way on Aquidneck Island, informally adopted 8 additional rights of way, actively working on adopting 17 more rights of way and has a vision to adopt another set of rights of way once we get thru the process of the pending rights of way. Access and shoreline protection are the foundation of COA, if you would like to get involved, give us a shout at info@cleanoceanaccess.org  Thank you.

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Lifecyle of the program

O20140610_141748ur marine debris solutions program starts with a community effort with structured events and then evolves into a sustainable adoption program where a person (or small group) takes responsibility for a section of coastline and takes good care of it on a regular basis, on their own schedule. Coastal Erosion, Marine Debris, Invasive Species, …. These are the things we monitor and address once the marine debris solutions program has completed the lifecycle of shifting into the last phase. At Sachuest Point, that is where we are at. We have 14 people involved right now and we are looking for 2 more. If you can invest 1 hour per month into taking good care of the environment, please contact us at info@cleanoceanaccess.org THANK YOU!

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No 55-gallons drums so far this year…

2014_11_01_marine_debris_2014The good thing shown on this graph is so far we haven’t found any 55-gallon drums, but we sure have found a whole bunch of junk on our shoreline. Our solution for Marine Debris starts with removing the marine debris and counting it, identifying the major problems and taking action to fix it.  So far this year 1159 people have come to a beach cleanup, which is AWESOME! Meanwhile, we are actively working on creatively fueled and results driven solutions for (1) Cigarette butts, (2) Straws, (3) Balloons, (4) Plastic bags and broader initiatives related to (6) signage at walkways, (7) info-graphics at fishing locations, (8) long term sustainability goals at vendor locations near the coastline and (9) mentoring senior projects related to marine debris. COA isn’t just a bunch of people who pick up trash, it is an island wide community effort taking real action. As the weather gets colder, find a way to get involved, it will make next summer feel that much better!

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Innovative Coastal Cleanup – we need your help!

2014_11_04_cleanupWe are hosting an innovative coastal cleanup on Tuesday, November 4th at 2nd Beach at 10AM with a group of local kids. We are looking for a few people to help out. If you can help from 10AM to 1130AM, please get in touch with us at info@cleanoceanaccess.org  Thank you! And be sure to vote on Tuesday too…

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Green Drinks in November

2014_11_06_Green_DrinksWe are hosting Green Drinks on November 6th at 530PM at Newport Yacht Club with food provided by Newport Tent Company. We will have updates from Sailors For The Sea and Mission2Ocean. You want to check this out, see you there!

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Data collection EVERYWHERE!

2014_10_26_things_we_are_doingTo influence change requires regular data collection, identification of issues and action to fix them. For the data collection side of things we are happy to have such a great team of volunteers making all of this happen. Time, Talent and Treasure are required to keep Clean Ocean Access running into the future and it is our goal to make sure our mission lasts forever. Stay tuned for our next email blast later this week, if you are not on our email list please send us an email at info@cleanoceanacces.org THANK YOU!

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What can you do?

2014_10_24_water_conservationHere are a few ideas we put together for you to think about when it comes to protecting water on Aquidneck Island. Whether is storm water or waste water, we can all do something to help and if EVERYONE does something we will achieve great things. If you would like to help spin this into an info graphic, let us know. Your help is welcome. Thank you!

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Water, Water, Everywhere

one_dropThank you to all the folks who came out last night to Water, Water, Everywhere a panel discussion on issues, challenges and solutions relating to water resources on Aquidneck Island. Thank you to Aquidneck Land Trust for making the event happen, Salve for hosting it and the key speakers on the panel: Chuck www.ailt.org, Julia www.cityofnewport.com/departments/utilities, Art http://cels.uri.edu/, Dave www.cleanoceanaccess.org, Joe www.ripr.org, Elizabeth http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/benviron/water/quality/index.htm, Jonathanwww.savebay.org We live in a historic place and we need to make some historic changes to protect our most natural resource. It all starts with each one of us doing simple things, stay tuned for more information and come to a COA event and keep the conversation going!

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Marine Debris removal in November

2014_11_cleanup_posterOur November Coastal Cleanup Poster is ready for sharing with everyone. LC this time of the year is a tradition and Gull Cove in Portsmouth is sure to be exciting, one can only imagine what we’ll find! If you would like to help with some of the efforts for either event, get in touch with us via email at info@cleanoceanaccess.org Thank you!

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Sachuest Point

~3220079 (2)Our program and partnership for monitoring shoreline changes, removing marine debris and taking good care of environment is underway at Sachuest Point. We need a few more volunteers to help. If you are comfortable with rocky coastline and can volunteer 1 hour per month (any time, it is totally up to you when it happens) and enjoy being outside on this coastline, then this is a great opportunity for you. Get in touch with us via email at info@cleanoceanaccess.org  Thank you!

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Water Water Everywhere!

2014_10_22_ALT_Water_panel_discussionWe are expecting a full house tomorrow evening for the Water Water Everywhere Panel Discussion. If you would like to help out with the information table for COA, get in touch with us at info@cleanoceanaccess.org Thank you!

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Green Infrastructure Coalition

2014_10_21_gic_compositeYesterday the Green Infrastructure Coalition (GIC is a bunch of organizations including Clean Ocean Access) went on a tour of downtown Newport near Discover Newport and the lower point section and reviewed some upcoming projects, historical docks, land that should be preserved, homes that have been lifted and talked about storm water, waste water and sea-level rise. No one has the answer, but we believe the answer will come by people talking with each other and so we are happy to be part of the GIC. Our involvement in GIC takes a little bit from our OCEAN and WATERSHED and ACCESS programs and brings it together as part of the Green Infrastructure Initiative. Thanks to Lauren and Meg for making it happen and all the folks that came out on a rather nice Tuesday afternoon! If you want to get involved, contact us. Thanks!

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Aquidneck Island Organizations Join Forces

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Here is a great article in an excellent online news source about Clean Ocean Access and Aquidneck Island Watershed Council –> Article If you would like to get involved with this program (hands-on activities on weekends, education components with schools, analysis of data, grant writing for future goals and objectives) please contact us at info@cleanoceanaccess.org. If you would like to join the ECORI newsletter service, feel free to use this link.

 

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NOAA marine debris art contest

2014_10_20_NOAA_art_contestThere is an art contest hosted by NOAA that is right in line with our Marine Debris Program at Clean Ocean Access. The deadline is November 17th and we are happy to help engage the kids with a cleanup so they could be part of this contest. Give us a shout if you would like to explore a way to weave this into upcoming events and get the community (kids up to 8th grade) involved in the contest. More information about the contest can be found at: http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/outreach/artcontest.html

 

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Monthly Meeting is tonight October 20th at 7PM

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Improving Ocean Health in Portsmouth RI

2014_10_18_compositeOn a blustery Saturday afternoon a team of 17 people removed 201 pounds of marine debris from the shoreline of Weaver Cove in Portsmouth RI. Empire Tea & Coffee provided great beverages and it was the Ice Coffee that hit the spot this week! We had good talks with people walking, boating and fishing and everyone agreed that taking good care of our coastline and natural resources is a really important thing to do. Thanks also to the Seaweed Nutrient Analysis team collecting 6 water samples and 6 seaweed sample and also to 2 more people who signed up for a spot on Sachuest Point. A good Saturday for COA!

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Enjoy the weekend!

2014_10_17_how_can_you_helpAs the surf picks up and a great weekend is knocking on the door, it is a good time to think about the hard work of the COA volunteers who are working to protect, preserve and maintain the natural beauty that makes living on this island such a great experience. We have real programs with real goals and it is only possible because of dedicated volunteers, a small paid staff, and a community that believes that working together can result in making things better. There are many ways that you can help, just give us a shout. Thank you.

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A day at the beach, even in the rain it feels good!

2014_10_11_cleanup 2014_10_10_COA_quick_hitDespite a wet morning we were able to pull off the cleanup with 18 people covering a good amount of 2nd beach and nearby coastline. Now is the season where the Empire Tea & Coffee really hits the spot! Thank you to everyone who ventured and also the seaweed nutrient analysis team that did their weekly activities at 1st beach. Enjoy the day and the rest of the weekend!

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How much is clean water worth to you?

2014_10_10_waterResults from Thursday show that the new EPA standards and the current UV operation criteria will not work. UV plant runs with 0.25 inches of rain but on the 8th it only rained 0.13 inches. So the water that flowed on the 9th had no treatment and the beach came in at 91 CFU/100ML which is 31 above the EPA standard for next summer. We look forward to working with city/state/federal agencies and achieving permanent year-round clean water, there is certainly a lot of work ahead of us. The goal is for COA to last forever so that we can work towards the goal of permanent year-round clean water.

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Harbor Walk Committee

2014_10_09_harbor_walk_committeeWe are happy to see that the harbor walk committee was approved with the key feature being the appointment of city staff to the committee. This model works. We are honored to have a member of Clean Ocean Access serve on the initial committee. This will work well for our long term goals within our public access programs which are already on their way to progress with collaboration with Friends of the Waterfront. If you would like to help COA by joining and/or participating in committees or commissions in Newport, Middletown or Portsmouth, please let us know.

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One Square Mile

This summer our program working towards permanent year-round clean water expanded into Portsmouth to help with swimming events and a by-product was that we were asked to be part of the RIPR series on Narragansett Bay. Check out the clip that just got posted on their site http://ripr.org/post/one-square-mile-monitoring-bay-one-sample-time-audio-slideshow and follow the entire program at http://ripr.org/topic/one-square-mile-narragansett-bay A big THANK YOU to the volunteers who collect water samples every week, all year long.

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Internships!

2014_10_07_met_coa_internshipInternships! Would you like to get involved with COA and make a contribution to our mission at the same time learning valuable skills that are applicable in the real-world? Today we are meeting with the East Bay Metropolitan Career and Technical Center in Newport, Rhode Island to explore opportunities for our programs related to marine biology and conservation. Get in touch with us if you would like to explore being an intern with Clean Ocean Access. Thank you!

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Volunteer opportunities for early this week!

2014_10_cleanup_posterHow you can help? We are looking for a few people to help with putting up new posters (and taking down the old ones) for our upcoming beach cleanups this month. We have a stack of printed posters (and a sheet of places to visit on the island) and anyone can help out, get in touch with us at info@cleanoceanaccess.org Thank you!

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2015 Watershed Counts

2015_watershed_countsToday we are attending the 1st planning session for the 2015 Watershed Counts report. Last year we provided two articles in the 2014 Watershed Counts report on page 23 and page 24 about our long terms goals for permanent year-round clean water and improving ocean health by changing human behavior to eliminate trash on the shoreline and in the ocean. You can see the report here. Some of the ideas we are going to share today include (1) Public awareness and education of the more stringent EPA standards for water quality at beaches that will be in place for summer 2015, (2) The connection of public access and water quality and how to bridge the gap, (3) The momentum building for improving watershed health to reduce nutrient levels impacting macro-algae in the near shore zone, (4) Partnership with other organizations in the northeast that are facing similar environmental challenges.

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Friends of the Waterfront and Clean Ocean Access!

DSC_0013 (2)Last night at the Friend of the Waterfront (FOW) Board Meeting we achieved approval to establish a long term collaborative effort of FOW&COA to formally adopt the seventeen (17) CRMC rights of way to the shoreline in the Newport Harbor. This is a great step for a lasting relationship for FOW/COA/CRMC and the City of Newport to protect, preserve and maintain public access to the shoreline. There are many GREAT opportunities that will come about with this initiative. Thank you to all the COA volunteers who have been monitoring access points since 2008; it is your hard work, dedication and effort that has created a program that has respect, recognition and integrity. THANK YOU!

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IRS non-profit status approved!!!

2014_09_25_IRSLast weekend we received the best news possible from the IRS; they have approved our application for non-profit status!!! About a year ago we asked the community how COA should move forward, it was agreed to establish a board of directors, create bylaws, apply for non-profit status and become a sustainable organization such that our mission lasts forever. Our next big step is to have a successful fundraiser on October 4th so that we can pay the operating costs and salary to keep the boat afloat. Thank you!

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Changing human behaivor

2014_09_20_data_compositeOur approach for the “CLEAN” part of COA is to solve the problem of marine debris on our shoreline and improving ocean health starts with people connecting with each other, outside, doing good things. The conversations that happen outside on the shoreline cover the entire spectrum and it definitely isn’t just about trash! Thank you to the nearly 200 volunteers, 11 beach captains and 1 AWESOME data entry volunteer (Nicol!) for doing a great job this past weekend. Every type of trash we find on our shoreline is an entire initiative in itself to solve, this is why we became a non-profit organization, and with your help and positive energy, we will make sure this is a great place to live, visit and work for future generations. Thank you!

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Getting the word out…

cropped-COA_programs.jpgThank you to Andrew, Margaret, Jay, Melanie and Andrew’s mom for switching out the coastal cleanup poster for the fundraiser poster at over 100 places in Little Compton, Tiverton, Portsmouth, Middletown, Jamestown and Newport. There are a few hundred additional locations that we would like to hang some posters. If you would like to help, this is something we do about 1 time per month and your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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All input welcome. No if and or butts!

2014_09_20_buttsThere are lots of things to consider when moving in the direction of banning smoking at parks, recreation areas and beaches on Aquidneck Island. To understand the pros and cons, the challenges and the opportunities is all part of the process. Gathering the data is also part of it. Today 2 volunteers will tabulate nearly 100 data sheets of all the data we collected, but here is just a sampling of what we found in Newport and Portsmouth.  We welcome all input and ideas on how to move forward with protecting human health and ocean health when it comes to cigarettes and tobacco products.  Thank you!

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2nd annual Shark Fest swim event in Newport Harbor

2014_09_21_compositeToday we helped with the 2nd annual Shark Fest swim event in Newport Harbor as a way of supporting the swimming community, promoting improving water quality, utilizing public access and sharing the results of our seaweed nutrient analysis program. 30 volunteers started at 7AM helping setup the tables, man the stations, run the entire water patrol and assist with all finish line activities. It was a great event with over 110 swimmers enjoying a clean fast swim from Perotti Park to Kings Park Swim Area followed by an after party at The Landing Restaurant. A big thank you to the volunteers and swimmers that made today a success. Feel good.

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Thank you!

2014_09_20_initial_compositeA big thank you to the beach cleanup leaders that hosted 7 (seven) Clean Ocean Access cleanups and for Save The Bay and Ocean Conservancy for hosting the International Coastal Cleanup in Rhode Island and Around the World. Empire Tea & Coffee provided excellent beverages (we only managed to get it to 3 locations). Most of all 126 people helped out to improve ocean health on nearly 10 miles of coastline removing over 800 pounds of trash. There is a ton of work ahead of us, but the momentum is here and now and next month we’ll host 2 cleanups and also start the Marine Debris adoption program that works with flexible time. THANK YOU!!!

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Our 1st and now our 133rd coastal cleanup!

2006_09_16_ (1)2014_09_20_ICC_posterOn Saturday September 20th we are hosting 7 (seven) coastal cleanups on Aquidneck Island as we start our 9th season of Clean Ocean Access activities. Thank you to the leaders who are hosting each event and the thousands of people who have come out and continue to help out with taking action today so that future generations can continue to enjoy ocean activities!

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AmeriCorps VISTA

Today we partnered with 2014_09_17_americorp_composite Rhode Island group at Salve Regina University (thank you) and a team of 26 people started the creation of the Clean Ocean Access scrap book of newspaper articles dating back to August 2006. We made a good dent in the process but a huge amount of work remains. Everyone had fun, people were amazed by the stuff we’ve done. The volunteers enjoyed reading newspapers from when they were 16 (and weren’t really reading newspapers!). Fun, Easy, Impactful, that is our game plan and it continues to this day. If you’d like to help with our next steps, let us know. We want to finish the scrap book by October 1st.

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Land activities on Sunday Morning

20130928_073401We are looking for a few volunteers to help at 7AM to about 9AM on Sunday morning September 21st at Perotti Park to help with the sign-in station for the 2nd annual swim event. We are also looking for a few people to help with finish line activities on Sunday morning at Kings Park Swim area from 8AM to about 10AM. Afterwards we’ll have a part at The Landing. If you and a few friends can help, that would be terrific. Thank you

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SNAP in motion

Check it out!

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There is more to it than just cleaning the beach…

2014_09_20_ICC_posterOn Saturday we are hosting 7 (seven) cleanups on Aquidneck Island. Hopefully you can be a part of one of the cleanups. After the event we need some help entering the tally sheets into a spreadsheet and updating posters around town. If you can help with either of these activities, that’d be great. New posters are necessary to keep people updated. Logged data is important to influence change to improve ocean health, so rest assured these steps are just as important as the cleanup itself. Thank you

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Newport Harbor and Seaweed?

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2nd annual swim event in Newport Harbor is happening on Sunday morning on September 21st followed by an after party at The Landing. This is a one mile swim to that is an accomplishment for the swimmers and is also our way of showcasing improving water quality in Newport Harbor. We are the event beneficiary and using the funds for our Seaweed Nutrient Analysis Program. We need a few people to help with land-activities and also for water patrol, if you can help, please contact us at info@cleanoceanaccess.org THANK YOU!

 

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Paddle to Remember

2014_PTRPaddle to remember is the 1st Saturday in October so this year it is on October 4th. This is a time to remember our friends and let their memories inspire us to get busy living. Hope you can make it. Contact us if you would like to help or have a family member or friend that you would like included in the event. Thank you.

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Water Quality, all year long…

2014_09_12_water_results_2014_09_04Even though the beach season is over we continue to test the local waters for bacteria at 9 (nine) locations every Thursday every week all year-long. Next year you will hear about new terms (BAV as opposed to SSM) as part of EPA’s nationally recommended recreational water quality criteria (RWQC) to protect human health in inland and coastal waters which is designed to protect primary contact recreation, such as swimming, surfing, and diving. Clean Ocean Access will work with local/state/federal agencies to make sure the public understands why the acceptable limit of bacteria has been adjusted to 60CFU as opposed to 104CFU based on epidemiological studies and statistical constructs and boil it down into simple terms.  Our GOAL for the “OCEAN” part of COA is to achieve permanent year-round clean water, by testing the waters all year-long will give us the best chance to educate the public, work with the city and state to endorse the new standards and show that Rhode Island is a leader when it comes to water quality and protecting public health. For the data shown, with the old standard the value of 160 and 146 were considered “unacceptable”. With the new standard the value of 160 and 146 and 81 will be considered “unacceptable”. Stay tuned for more information, meanwhile, get in the ocean and enjoy!

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T-shirts!

2014_09_11_COA_tshirtsWe would like everyone to have a Clean Ocean Access t-shirt, and they are free! We have 2 color variations, most sizes (girls, boys, women’s, men’s) and 2 styles for women (crew neck and V-neck). Contact us via email at info@cleanoceanaccesso.org and we can figure out a way to get you some COA gear. This is “the” season for t-shirts. Get in touch with us…

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Permanent Year Round Water Quality

20140320_075731We are looking for 1 (one) volunteer to help with our weekly water quality program. It takes about 30 minutes and happens on Thursday morning anytime between 6AM and 8AM. It requires getting into waist deep water. Ideally the volunteer will stick with the task for the fall/winter/spring season but if you can help for a few months, that is good to. Send us a message at info@cleanoceanaccess.org  T H A N K  Y O U

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City Council

2014_09_10_city_councilLast night we provided public comment on 4 (four) agenda items listed in red at the Newport City Council meeting. All of our core programs require effort to influence change, as an island community we are going to make great things happen!

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Taste of Service

2014_09_09_compositeOn Tuesday we hosted a table at the Salve Regina University Taste of Service even and shared the core programs of Clean Ocean Access. Lots of students expressed interest to help take good care of our beautiful island and community and it all starts by each one of us doing a few good things. We also emphasized that it’s not all about them helping us, it is equally so how Clean Ocean Access can help Salve.  Onward…

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Plastic Plugs

2014_09_10_metal_railingIn late July we brought to attention the problem of the railing at Ochre Point and last week they fixed the problem with plastic plugs. Yesterday one of the plugs slipped out and fortunately Joe (DOT) and John (Rocchio) were onsite just as we found the random plug washing in the run-up. They are going to fix the issue. For each metal railing, there are 3 plastic bugs (left, center, right) and if they go missing, the orange rust will come back, so it’s easy to see.

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Primary Election Day

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Today is primary election day. We all have the right and privilege and responsibility to be active in positive change and voting gives you a voice. Try to get out there today and be a part of the process.

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Keep the butts in motion!

2014_09_08_cigarette_buttsIn 2014 Clean Ocean Access has collected 7739 cigarette butts during 45 events at shorelines areas of Portsmouth, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown and Newport. At local beaches 30 events have resulted in removing 4163 cigarette butts from the shoreline and 2 events in the cliff walk removed 319 cigarette butts and 13 events at parks and recreation areas removed 3257 cigarette butts. On Wednesday evening the Newport City Council will introduce 2 resolutions asking the staff to develop an ordinance, COA looks forward to being an active partner and working with the officials in all three communities on Aquidneck Island and possibly surrounding communities to prohibit smoking from parks, recreation areas and beaches by Memorial Day 2015.

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Public Access

Although COA has a primary focus on Aquidneck Island and immediate surrounding coastline, some of our long term goals have far reaching impacts and audiences. At the same time, some of the issues in surrounding communities are close enough (or relevant enough) that it requires our involvement.  The public access issue on this link falls into that category as part of our long term ACCESS goals involves the entire coastline. As with all COA initiatives, we take a positive approach with intense and spirited energy in a respectful and informed manner. We look forward to working with the community to make sure public access is protected, preserved, maintained and available for everyone. If you would like to get involved with COA, everyone is welcome.

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Marine Debris Data

2014_09_04_single_picture_for_updateHere is a link to a publicly available Google spreadsheet that contains all the details of the coastal cleanups for 2014.  DATA Our Annual summary report will be updated in the early part of 2015. If you would like to use our data for education, research, art projects or just about anything for improving ocean health, feel free to share your idea with us and we’d be happy to help out. Thank you

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MISSION BLUE

2014_09_04_composite30 people helped to collect 34 pound of trash as well as a 20 pound steel pipe from Kings Park Swim Area from Hibernian Hall to the New York Yacht Club and surrounding roadways as part of the Newport FILM MISSION BLUE Film event. Whether you call it a Hope Spot or a Marine National Monument, it is on our radar for years and one step at a time we are moving toward this goal. Let us continue to work together to improve ocean health and protect public access.

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MISSION BLUE

MISSION_BLUEJoin us tonight at Kings Park Swim Area for Newport FILM showing of MISSION BLUE at 715PM. Beforehand at 5PM we’ll host a coastal cleanup along with Sailors For The Sea. For complete details, visit http://www.newportfilm.com/film-events/films/mission-blue Enjoy the Day!

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All about the “A” in COA

2014_09_02_access_updateOur public access program is the least known and by far the most important. Without public access, it is mighty difficult to enjoy the ocean! Here is a short list of some of the things we’ve done and are doing in the past few and upcoming days.

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Public Access | Exploratory Day of Service

2014_09_02_salve_day_of_serviceClean Ocean Access (COA) hosted a group of 21 students as part of the 2nd annual Salve Regina University Exploratory Day of Service and creating a photographic record of the entire cliff walk from Baileys Beach to Easton’s Beach.  The students were split into teams of 3 (three) and assigned one of the seven locations and took pictures with marker and visual aides to document the coastal features and current status of the cliff walk. The pictures will be put into a binder and provided to the Cliff Walk Commission as a record of the cliff walk as of September 2nd 2014. The initial summary report is here.

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Lucy running the show!

2014_08_28_pictureHere is a report of our results from August in Portsmouth. A big THANK YOU for Rachel reaching out to Brian who gave her our contact information. The dog Lucy was our team mascot and she helped to make sure we all stayed on track. This was the perfect way to start our island wide efforts for clean shorelines. Enjoy Labor Day!

 

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5th annual Coastal Urge SUP CUP | Harbor Trash

2014_08_30_compositeToday we had a great day helping out with the 5th annual Coastal Urge SUP CUP at the Newport Ship Yard. Over 100 participants enjoyed a spectacular morning in the paddle board event. Before the awards ceremony we completed a 15-minute spot cleanup of Storer Park, Mary Ferrazzolli Park, Washington Street and State Pier in Newport as part of the environmental sustainability protocol to support the event. To no surprise, Cigarette butts is the #1 type of trashing haunting our harbor water front and we look forward to working with all communities on the island to ban the butts from parks, recreation areas and shorelines. | Action today so future generations can continue to enjoy ocean activities.

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Thank you

2014_08_29_summer_highlightsThank you to all the cleanup leaders, volunteers both new and old that made the Summer Marine Debris Program a huge success on Aquidneck Island. Performing coastal cleanups is a reactive approach towards solving the problem, but it is the first step of making real change happen in a positive way. Solid momentum now exists for achieving our ultimate goal of clean shorelines for Aquidneck Island such as senior projects, exhibits, Art projects, workshops and a general conversation within the community that we want to improve ocean health.  Check our events page for upcoming events and enjoy the weekend!

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Friends of the Water Front

Jim Perrier who for many years led the charge of Friends of the Water Front will be acknowledged at a dedication at the State Pier right next to Mary Ferrazzoli Park and certificate on honor will be shared. COA will be down at the Newport Ship Yard on Saturday for the 5th annual Newport SUP CUP and we’ll be sending a team over to the State Pier to clean it up, especially after what we might see this afternoon.

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Choking the Oceans With Plastic

A good article by the founder of 5gyres…

Choking the Oceans With Plastic

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/26/opinion/choking-the-oceans-with-plastic.html

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Healthy oceans do matter

2014_08_21_summary_as_of2014_08_21_water_quality_results2014_08_21_phosphate_summaryA huge part of COA is the volunteer effort that works to improve ocean health by gathering vital data and removing marine debris from the shoreline.  In September we will start our 9th year of activities and a few things we’ll be doing is to ban cigarettes at local beaches, recycling containers next to all trash containers, education on how pesticides and fertilizers might be leading to our excessive seaweed problem and working with city, state and federal officials to establish year-round water quality monitoring for New England beaches.

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Our Ocean

2009_09_19_compositeWe are lucky to live near the beach and live a life connected to the ocean. Your effort to take good care of the ocean affect people’s lives every day, around the world. While many of us enjoy the spectacular recreational activities that oceans offer, keeping oceans healthy keeps people healthy, and we each have a personal responsibility to protect our oceans. | Today we are hosting a coastal cleanup at 2nd Beach Surfers End around 5PM, everyone is welcome, bring your family, friends and neighbors (and in a few weeks you can also bring your dog!).

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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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Easton’s Stream in 2014

2014_07_17_water_eastons_StreamEvery Thursday we collect nine water samples on Aquidneck Island with an EPA certified process and deliver them to the RI department of health for water quality analysis. Here are the results for Easton’s Stream (where the parking lot ends, where you would walk from Easton’s Beach across to the Atlantic Beach Club).  Any value greater than 104 is considered to be unsafe for recreational activities.  Lots of good things are happening on our island for water quality, but we’ve got a ways to go! If you’d like to get involved and be a part of our effort for year-round permanent clean water, let us know.

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Coastal Cleanup on Thursday July 17th…

2014_07_10_clean_updateOn Thursday (July 17th) at 5PM we’ll host our AFTER5 cleanup at Surfers End of 2nd Beach. Come on out and be a part of taking good care of the environment and being the momentum behind the wave of change of working towards beautifying our shoreline. We’ll provide all the supplies, just show up ready to have a good time and plan to make a difference.  T H A N K  Y O U ! ! !

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Improving Ocean Health one cleanup at a time…

2014_07_03_compositeOn Thursday (July 3rd 2014) we conducted our weekly AFTER5 cleanup at Surfers End of 2nd Beach and 16 people removed 42 pounds of trash from the shoreline and parking lot. This brings our 2014 AFTER5 cleanup totals to 232 pounds and 92 people over the course of 7 events (this include the Rhody Surf cleanup, just like last year). Stay tuned for an update on the item count, it is quite telling of the type of marine debris problem that is being created each day at our beaches. Our ultimate goal is to change human behavior so the only trash we find on the beaches comes from the ocean based on the problem of the past.

 

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Clean Ocean Access Volunteers!

2014_07_02_volunteersMaking Clean Ocean Access sustainability such that the mission lasts forever requires a coastal inspired group of dedicated volunteers and a back-bone non-profit organization to run the entire operation; we are happy to report that things a…re moving in this direction because of your help! This image barely scratches the surface on how many people have helped in all these programs since 2006 and doesn’t even include the special and social events. Starting this month we’ll roll out an entirely new program for Sachuest Point and in the Fall stay tuned for additional activities for Marine Debris, Storm Water and Education. THANK YOU to everyone that makes this happen. All good stuff!

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