(Photo: COA volunteers helping pick up waste at Second Beach, Sachuest Point and Third Beach)
Middletown, RI – Clean Ocean Access (COA) hosted a beach cleanup on Saturday, October 6th at Second Beach, Sachuest Point and Third Beach in Middletown where 49 volunteers helped to remove 80 pounds of debris.
This weekend COA also worked hard to make the 2018 Broadway Street Fair a zero waste event, educating thousands of people on how to properly recycle and compost their waste. 17 volunteers maintained five different waste stations at the Broadway Street Fair ensuring every item at the event was properly recycled, composted, or disposed. An additional 13 volunteers helped with outreach at the Broadway Street Fair educating attendees about water quality, public beach access, composting, and ways to get involved in the community.
On Sunday, October 7th, COA volunteers ensured the protection of the sand dunes at Easton’s Beach during the 2018 Amica Newport Marathon. Dunes serve as natural barriers against the impacts of coastal storms and beach erosion; they are our first line of defense. 22 volunteers helped protect these critical ecosystems by preventing marathon attendees from trampling the dunes and ensuring attendees used the designated walking paths. An additional 37 volunteers split into groups to perform a cleanup of each mile of the course using COA grabbers and reusable bags donated by Amica Insurance.
“We are both from island countries so we know how important it is to protect the resources that we have,” said Tanya and Jessica, attorneys at the Naval Justice School helping with dune protection at the marathon. “Pretty soon these natural resources will be scarce for everyone.”