Near record high temperatures on Saturday was a great mother nature assist for the 164 volunteers who spent a few hours along the shoreline of Fort Adams State Park.

The volunteers came together to assist Clean Ocean Access and Sail Newport with their annual cleanup of the park.

In just two hours, 164 volunteers removed 438 pounds of debris, all of which could easily find its way into the ocean to harm our local waters and marine life.

I was there to participate in the cleanup, in thirty minutes my fiancee and I had picked up more than 100 items along the fence line that runs between Hammersmith Farm and Fort Adams State Park.

Plastic bottles, nips, beer cans, and full dog bags were among the most popular things we’d find in the brush, but also just right in the middle of the grass by Eisenhower Park.

Here are a few photos of the day and how things were found;

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and 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.

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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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