Seeking photography volunteers

We are looking for individuals who love photography to document all that we do to eliminate marine debris from the shoreline, improve water quality for permanent year-round clean water, and work to protect, preserve and maintain shoreline access for residents...
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Cumberland Farms in Newport eliminates single-use plastic bags

Great news! Cumberland Farms on Broadway in Newport has eliminated single-use plastic bags as part of the voluntary compliance with the bag ordinance that goes in effect on November 1! The store now has 3 different size paper bags, and their...
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Stormwater Meeting at Newport Public Library

A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 28th at the Newport Public Library from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The meeting is to bring about community awareness of the impact of Stormwater Pathogens to promote Green Infrastructure. The...
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Volvo Ocean Race Announcement and Pep Rally

This morning, Sail Newport and Volvo Ocean Race held a press conference and pep rally at Belle Mer on Goat Island in Newport. Vestas Wind announced their return to the Volvo Ocean Race, in partnership with 11th Hour Racing. Vestas...
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Pheasant Drive Beach cleanup results

On Saturday, March 18, 144 volunteers gathered and removed 953 pounds of debris from the shoreline at Pheasant Drive Beach in Portsmouth! Since 2014, Clean Ocean Access has hosted 16 cleanup events at Pheasant Drive Beach, and removed a total...
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Onsite Wastewater (Septic Systems) Management Plan

The Onsite Wastewater (Septic Systems) Management Plan Public Informational Meeting hosted by the Roads & Utilities Advisory Committee is tonight, Tuesday March 21, 2017 at 6pm at Middletown Town Hall. All Middletown residents without sanitary sewer should are encouraged to...
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A Beautiful View art auction

*RESCHEDULED* On Thursday, April 27 at The Atlantic Resort in Middletown, the Newport County Board of Realtors is hosting “A Beautiful View”- an art auction to support Newport County’s Land & Sea. 100% of the proceeds benefits the Aquidneck Land Trust’s...
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Navy Health Clinic New England participates in flexible cleanup program

Clean Ocean Access is proud to announce that the Newport branch of the Navy Health Clinic New England is now participating in our Flexible Cleanup Program, which is designed to improve ocean health by removing debris from the shoreline. Volunteers...
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Volunteers are protecting public access to the shoreline

In Portsmouth, Clean Ocean Access monitors 17 locations where we serve to protect, preserve, and maintain public access to the shoreline to afford people the opportunity to enjoy recreational activities such as sailing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, surfing or walking along...
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We have expanded our weekly watershed water quality monitoring into the Maidford River

We are thrilled to share with the community that we have expanded our weekly watershed water quality monitoring into the Maidford River Watershed as part of our commitment to re-energize the Aquidneck Island Watershed Council. With new volunteers from Middletown...
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Shoreline cleanup at Pheasant Drive Beach

Clean Ocean Access is hosting a beach cleanup at Pheasant Drive Beach in Portsmouth on Saturday, March 18 from 12p.m. to 2p.m. Pheasant Drive is located off Route 114, Bristol Ferry Rd. Our goal is to eliminate marine debris from...
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Newport Harbor Trash Skimmers remove plastic from the harbor

During fall, 2016, the Newport Harbor Trash Skimmers (NHTS) removed 1,338 pieces of plastic from Newport Harbor. This plastic has likely been introduced to the environment years ago, and has broken down into smaller pieces of plastic that are now...
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“A Beautiful View” art auction

The Newport County Board of Realtors is hosting “A Beautiful View”- an art auction to support Newport County’s Land & Sea. 100% of the proceeds benefits the Aquidneck Land Trust’s Merritt Neighborhood Fund and Clean Ocean Access. Come enjoy some light...
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Seeking volunteers to monitor public access locations in Middletown

In Middletown, we have four public access locations where we are seeking volunteers to monitor. Twice monthly, the volunteer visits each site(s) and provides us with a survey of the area, documenting presence of people, trash/graffiti, access/erosion, and vandalism. Monitoring...
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Water quality results from late February

Thank you to our volunteers who help collect these 10 water samples every week! We test water quality year-round to ensure a clean ocean for everyone to enjoy the ocean activities they love throughout the year. Thanks to our dedicated...
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Results from coastline cleanup at Brenton Point State Park

Our Brenton Point State Park cleanup event on Ocean Drive was a huge success. The weather was near freezing, and the wind was bone chilling as it blew off the ocean, but 60 dedicated volunteers managed to gather and remove...
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Newport Harbor Trash Skimmers update on foam

The Newport Harbor Trash Skimmers (NHTS) removed 1,338 pieces of foam from the harbor! Much of the foam had broken down into small pieces that were too small to identify. Majority of foam was from foam cups or foam food...
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Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge Flexible Cleanup Program

We are seeking volunteers for the cleanup program at Sachuest Point. Ideally, we would like to have one person for each of the 16 segments of the refuge. Each volunteer will adopt a small segment of coastline that they monitor...
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Water quality test results

Are you curious about beach closures in the summertime? Closures prevent you from enjoying the ocean activities you love, such as swimming, surfing, or fishing. We read about them in the paper, but what is the reasoning behind beach closures...
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Shoreline cleanup around Ocean Drive and beautifying the state park before the summer season

Saturday, March 4, join us at on Ocean Drive at Brenton Point State Park from for a beach cleanup from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. We are excited to see everyone join together and work to improve ocean health by...
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Newport Harbor Trash Skimmers Remove Fishing Line

In Fall 2016, the Newport Harbor Trash Skimmers (NHTS) removed 526 pieces of fishing line from Newport Harbor. This number does not reflect the total number of fishing line pieces that we removed, because there were too many small pieces...
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Plastic bag mockumentary

We would like to share here, the unfortunate truth of plastic bag pollution, expressed by this mockumentary in a humorous way. Please take a moment to enjoy the commentary and experience the unseen truth of the life cycle of a...
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Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade

On Saturday, March 11, we will be rocking the Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade with our carbon-neutral float, aka, our feet! We will be walking the parade from 10am-12pm, so be sure to say hello and grab your very own...
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Trimming Sails for Environmental Wins in 2017

Clean Ocean Access was featured in Windcheck Magazine in January 2017. An article cleverly titled, “Clean Ocean Access Trimming the Sails For Environmental Wins in 2017,” eloquently highlighted the origin, mission, and efforts of COA. The organization now comprises folks...
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Volunteers Needed: Protecting Public Shoreline Access

Program Details There are 50 public shoreline access points within all three communities on Aquidneck Island, and we monitor all of them. Twice monthly, the volunteer visits each site(s) and provides us with a survey of the area, documenting presence...
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