Save The Bay to hold volunteer Earth Day beach cleanups on April 21-22 and through all of April

Save The Bay to hold volunteer Earth Day beach cleanups on April 21-22 and through all of April

PROVIDENCE, RI – April 16, 2018 – In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, Save The Bay has organized several beach cleanups all over Rhode Island, giving individuals, families and groups many options for getting involved. “Cleanups are such a fun way to celebrate Earth Day. It feels great to do something hands-on to help the environment. And you can really see the difference when you are done,” said July Lewis, volunteer and internship manager at Save The Bay.

Earth Day Cleanups on April 21-22 are as follows:

• April 21: Narragansett, 10 a.m. – noon, Salty Brine. More info and signup.
• April 21: Newport, 10 a.m. – noon, Easton’s Beach. More info and signup.
• April 21: Warwick, 10 a.m. – noon, Conimicut Point. More info and signup.
• April 22: Providence, 10 a.m. – noon, Save The Bay at Fields Point. More info and signup.

Several additional cleanups are planned throughout the month of April, for volunteers who want to make a difference, but can’t help out on Earth Day. They are:

• April 20: Cranston, 10 a.m. – noon, Tongue Pond. More info and signup.
• April 28: Westerly, 1 – 3 p.m., Misquamicut Beach. More info and signup.
• April 28: East Providence, 10 a.m. – noon, Bold Point. More info and signup.
• April 28: Cranston, 10 a.m. – noon, Stillhouse Cove. More info and signup.
• April 28: Bristol, 9 a.m. – noon, Bristol Harbor. More info and signup.
• April 29: Warwick, 1 – 3 p.m., Salter Grove. More info and signup.

Save The Bay holds beach cleanups every year, from spring through fall. Last year on Earth Day, nearly 500 volunteers collected almost 8,000 pounds of trash and debris at shorelines all over Rhode Island. “People are so enthusiastic to join with their neighbors and make a visible difference in the health of their beaches. This is how we clean up the Bay — together, one piece of litter at a time,” Lewis said.

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About Save The Bay: Founded in 1970, Save The Bay works to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its watershed through advocacy, education, and restoration efforts. It envisions a fully swimmable, fishable, healthy Narragansett Bay, accessible to everyone and globally recognized as an environmental treasure.

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.

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