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save the bay east beach cleanup april 2014

For Immediate Release

April 30, 2014

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Peter Hanney (401) 272-3540 ext. 129

Save The Bay’s Announces Earth Week Cleanup Results, Coordination of International Coastal Cleanup

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – As Earth Week cleanups, projects, and festivities come to a close, Save The Bay wishes to thank all of the volunteers who came out and made a difference in the health and vitality of the Narragansett Bay watershed and the south coast of Rhode Island.

During two Saturdays in April, over 400 Save The Bay volunteers collected nearly 2,200 pounds of trash and debris from five different shoreline sites in the state. On April 12, cleanups were held at Fields Point in Providence and Easton’s Beach in Newport under blue skies and a warm sun.

On April 26, cleanups were held at East Beach in Charlestown, the Bristol shoreline, and Rocky Point in Warwick. Despite a steady rain and cool temperatures, more than 130 people came out to remove almost 1,000 pounds of trash and debris.

“Our cleanup volunteers know how to walk the walk and talk the talk,” said July Lewis, Volunteer Manager for Save The Bay. “They are eager to take time out of their busy weekends to dig in and do the heavy lifting of cleaning the shorelines. I am amazed by their dedication.”

Save The Bay received Earth Day cleanup grants from the Providence Parks Department, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the Narragansett Bay Commission, and Kohl’s.

Save The Bay to coordinate International Coastal Cleanup in Rhode Island

Earlier this year, Save The Bay has taken over the role of State Coordinator for the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), an event that takes place on the third Saturday in September. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island had been leading the event in the state since its inception 27 years ago. Due to renewed focus on its core mission, Audubon decided to pass the cleanup coordination role to Save The Bay.

The International Coastal Cleanup is a worldwide event in which volunteers all over the world remove trash and debris from the shores and document what they find. The data is compiled and published in an annual report on marine debris by the Ocean Conservancy, a Washington, DC-based advocate for marine issues. Policymakers working to reduce marine debris at the source use the annual report.

“We’re really excited and honored to take on this important role,” said Jonathan Stone, Executive Director of Save The Bay. “For years we’ve organized cleanups all around the shoreline of Narragansett Bay, so the ICC is a perfect fit for Save The Bay. We’re lucky that Audubon did such a wonderful job organizing it for more than two decades, and we thank them for the opportunity to continue it.”

On average, more than 2,000 volunteers participate annually in the Rhode Island ICC at more than 80 sites, typically removing about 20,000 pounds of trash and debris.

About Save The Bay

Founded in 1970, Save The Bay is a nonprofit member organization working to protect, restore and explore Narragansett Bay and its watershed. Save The Bay believes the Bay’s future depends on tomorrow’s leaders understanding how important the Bay is to our economy, environment and quality of life. The organization offers education programs to schools, community groups and the general public; protects Narragansett Bay by advocating for Bay-friendly legislation, reviewing permits and raising public awareness; and restores the Bay to full health through its extensive habitat restoration program.

Photos of East Beach cleanup

Photos of Bristol Harbor cleanup