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Coastweeks: Newport Trash Skimmer Tour

September 29, 2017

Join Clean Ocean Access to learn about how the City of Newport is trying to clean up marine debris.

The Newport Harbor Trash Skimmers, the first on the East Coast, have collected over 6,000 pounds of miscellaneous plastic, foam, cigarettes/filters, food containers and beverage bottles, as well as oil and toxins since they were installed a year ago, helping to improve water quality and overall environmental conditions in the harbor.

Trash skimmers can filter 300 gallons of water per minute and look like submerged dumpsters attached to a floating dock. A three-quarter horsepower water circulation unit on the bottom forces water out of the skimmer, creating a current on the surface that collects trash, soaks up oil and traps floating debris.

The tour will showcase how these skimmers work, what kind of debris is commonly collected, and provide tips on what participants can do to reduce waste entering our water systems.

[info]Pre-registration required. Please contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6805 or rhodeislandseagrant@gmail.com.[/info]

Every autumn, Coastweeks events celebrate building awareness and understanding of our coast. Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography and the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) invite you to take part.

Details

Date:
September 29, 2017
Event Tags:
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Website:
https://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/special-programs/coastweeks/

Organizers

Rhode Island Sea Grant
Clean Ocean Access

Venue

Newport Harbor
39 Americas Cup Ave
Newport, RI 02840 United States
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