Clean Ocean Access (COA) hosted two beach cleanups in Portsmouth this past weekend, one at Weaver on Saturday, January 13 and another Sandy Point on Sunday, January 14.

The Weaver Cove cleanup had a very successful turnout of 27 volunteers who removed 150 pounds of marine debris from the beach. An additional 20 volunteers attended the Sandy Point cleanup on Sunday and worked together to collect 175 lbs of marine debris.

This is the 11th cleanup that COA has organized at Sandy Point and they have removed 2,382 pounds of marine debris from that location since the first cleanup in 2011. This was also the 18th cleanup at Weaver Cove and they have removed 5,709 pounds of marine debris from that location since the first cleanup in 2016. This is a total of 8,091 pounds of marine debris removed from the shoreline in Portsmouth through these cleanups.

COA is an environmental, nonprofit organization based on Aquidneck Island that strives to eliminate marine debris from the shorelines, improve water quality, and protect shoreline access for both Rhode Island residents and visitors. Their next beach cleanup will be held on Saturday, February 3 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m at Weaver Cove, at Gull Cove in Portsmouth.

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