Clean Ocean Access and Fort Adams have partnered together to launch Earth Month’s April month long clean-ups of coastline and water ways throughout Aquidneck Island. Starting April 1st at Bailey’s Brook in Middletown and ending April 22 at the Cliff Walk in Newport, the all-volunteer effort will be picking up marine debris and other litter that has made it to the shores of area beaches and more.

Volunteers will be treated to coffee and tea from Empire Tea and Coffee to keep them warm in the early spring air.  All participants will also receive free passes for tours of historic Fort Adams. The cleanups begin at 12PM and end at 2PM, apart from the Cliff Walk cleanup on April 22 beginning at 10AM and ending at 12PM.  Volunteers should arrive five minutes before the start of each event for coordination, instructions and equipment distribution. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, sturdy shoes.  All events are easy, impactful, and fun for the whole family. The complete schedule is as follows:

  • April 1st               Bailey’s Brook  – O’Neil Boulevard, Middletown
  • April 8th              Beach Cleanup  – Fort Adams State Park, Newport
  • April 15th            Cory’s Lane Off – Route 114, Portsmouth
  • April 22nd           Cliff Walk – Marine Avenue, Newport

“Making sure our beaches and water ways are clean of marine and other debris is an on-going effort that our organization is dedicated to,” stated Dave McLaughlin, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Clean Ocean Access. “Our team of volunteers puts in a great amount of time and without them Aquidneck Island would not be as beautiful as it is,” he added.

“Partnering with Clean Ocean Access was a true win for Fort Adams as they are a great organization that does so much to keep Aquidneck Island as scenic as possible,” offered Eric Offenberg, Vice President of the Fort Adams Trust.  “It only seems right to offer visitors a clean destination upon their arrival.  As for the free fort tours, we are more than happy to offer them to thank the many volunteers,” Offenberg further stated.

About Clean Ocean Access:

Founded in 2006, Clean Ocean Access is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to keeping a healthy ocean that is free of marine debris with water that is safe for all ocean activities and a shoreline that is accessible to the public.

About the Fort Adams Trust:
The Fort Adams Trust is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit responsible for preservation, programming, and promoting the National Historic Landmarks in Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island. Over 100,000 people tour the Fort and attend events in the Park annually. The Trust accepts donations to support its preservation and programming missions.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).