The first step of the Clean Ocean Access “Newport Harbor Trash Skimmer Project”, funded by 11th Hour Racing, is scheduled to kick-off on August 2, 2016 with the City of Newport and Toner Electric installing 2 trash skimmers at Perrotti Park.

“This project strengthens and expands the current efforts for improving water quality and eliminating marine debris from Newport Harbor, the sailing capital of the world, a body of water that is used by thousands of residents and a community that is visited by an estimated 3.5 million visitors per year”, Clean Ocean Access shared on their Facebook Page on Thursday.

The goal of the project, according to Clean Ocean Access, is to reduce the amount of marine debris in the Newport harbor, increase the recreational value of the waterfront, bring awareness to the types of re-accumulating debris, and promote environmental stewardship.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).