On 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!
As 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.
Despite 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!
Results 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.
We 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.