The 6th Annual Swim to Skim is gearing up for August 25, 2019 for a 1.2-mile swim in Newport Harbor from Perrotti Park to King Park (the shoreline just west of Stone Pier). The event has a combined focus as a fundraiser to support our local grassroots environmental efforts, a celebration of accomplishments, and to raise awareness of environmental conditions that require our attention and action, so that so future generations can enjoy ocean activities.
We are optimistic on the water quality harbor in Newport Harbor, but it remains a top concern as we continue to assess the impact of the 10,000 gallons of untreated sewage that flowed into our local waters from 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Monday at Naval Station Newport near Coasters Harbor which is best described as being due west of the Community College of Rhode Island along Coddington Highway.
As of Thursday morning, we have received four very favorable water quality results with laboratory work perform by the Rhode Island Department of Health. Monday afternoon samples taken at Zan Zandt Pier were less than 10 CFU/ML which is very clean and excellent for all ocean activities. Likewise, On Tuesday afternoon the samples taken at Elm Street Pier were 10 CFU/100ml and King Park was less than 10CFU/ML which is very clean. The current EPA standards for water quality is 60 CFU/100ML, so the outlook for the swim event is very promising. Results from Wednesday should be available later this afternoon. Thursday morning, we collected eleven water samples and will perform final testing on Friday to make the most informed decision for the 6th Annual Swim to Skim. Online registration for the Swim to Skim is available here until 8 p.m. on Saturday evening with onsite registration available from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.