2016-09-08 / Nature

International Coastal Cleanup

Save The Bay is seeking local volunteers to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup at several sites across Aquidneck Island on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m.- noon. The International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based Ocean Conservancy, is the largest global volunteer effort to clean ocean areas around the globe. Last year, over 600,000 volunteers answered the call worldwide.

During last year’s cleanup in Rhode Island, 2,199 volunteers scoured 69 miles of coastline at 85 sites, collecting 19,469 pounds of litter and debris! The work of these volunteers helped to remove items that posed a threat to marine life and wildlife, as well as humanity.

This year three areas in Newport are targeted for cleanup: Easton’s Beach, 10 a.m.-noon; Fort Adams, 10 a.m.-noon, with an optional dive cleanup at 1:30 p.m.; and King’s Beach and Brenton Point, 10 a.m.- noon.

Middletown has two sites designated for volunteer action: Sachuest Beach, 9 a.m.-noon and Third Beach, 10 a.m.-noon.

Save The Bay is also seeking business or corporate partners who may wish to adopt a section of coastline and use this event as a team-building exercise for their employees. Several local and national corporations have taken advantage of this unique opportunity.

For more information or to signup as a volunteer, visit savebay.org/icc or call 401-272-3540.

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