Clean Ocean Access

Clean Ocean Access has published their 2008 – 2017 Water Quality Monitoring Summary Report, a result of the Clean Ocean Access year-round citizen science weekly water quality monitoring initiative aimed to directly empower the community to provide monitoring data for use in decision making as part of a sound water quality management plan that includes regular water quality testing, timely identification of point and nonpoint source of pollutants, and effective remediation. The program aims to achieve the Clean Ocean Access long-term goal of permanent year-round clean water on Aquidneck Island as part of the Clean Water Act.

With the help of citizen science volunteers, Clean Ocean Access collected 4,309 water samples on a weekly basis during the period of 2008 to 2017, along with funding for laboratory fees provided by the City of Newport budget and Town of Middletown civic appropriations. Samples were collected at popular swimming locations, and likely source areas of Enterococci bacteria along the Aquidneck Island shoreline and watershed, although not all locations are necessarily recognized as designated swimming areas. Collecting weekly water samples over a nine-year period provides an opportunity for quantitative long-term trend analysis. During this period, the communities of the City of Newport and Town of Middletown have made significant investments to address the pollution problems facing the Aquidneck Island shoreline.

The full report can be found here:

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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