Coastweeks

 

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

 

Upcoming Events

COVID-19 Information

We are currently organizing virtual and social-distance friendly events for 2020. Masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all in-person events, which will be limited to no more than 15 people, including event instructors/leaders. Preregistration required. 

Oct.

3

Island Park Beach Beach Cleanup

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Portsmouth

Join Clean Ocean Access for an afternoon to help cleanup this beach along the Sakonnet River.

 

All participants must pre-register and in doing so will complete a waiver. At the actual event, all participants must bring their phone using the completed waiver, or a print out. At the actual event each participant must complete a COVID-19 symptom checker.

Oct.

7

Common Fence Point Virtual Tour

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Join us for this virtual tour of Portsmouth’s Common Fence Point neighborhood and learn about how this coastal community is facing issues of sea-level rise, flooding, stormwater, and invasive phragmites.

Residents and experts from the Coastal Resources Center/Rhode Island Sea Grant, the Coastal Resources Management Council, and Save The Bay will take attendees to four different sites on the peninsula, discuss concerns, and talk about actions residents can take to help address them. 

Register at: surveymonkey.com/r/CFPcoast

This event is also sponsored by the CFP Preparedness Committee. For more information: cfp-prep@commonfencepoint.org

Oct.

9

Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Point Judith Marina

Come help Rhode Island monitor aquatic invasive species by collecting specimens at the docks with Kevin Cute, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council marine resources specialist.

Aquatic invasive species are marine plants, algae, and animals that are not in their natural, native environment and come from all over the world via ballast water in shipping vessels and other introduction vectors. New species arrive every year in Narragansett Bay, with several having negative impacts on the local environment.

Participants will get hands-on educational experience and will walk away with a better understanding of native and non-native marine species in Rhode Island and their impacts.

Participants should wear appropriate clothing and shoes for walking and lying down on a dock. Please prepare to get your hands wet and dirty!

Pre-registration Required

Space is strictly limited due to COVID-19. All participants must preregister and must wear masks that cover the nose and mouth during this event. Participants may choose to bring gloves. Hand sanitizer and wipes will be provided. Preregister by contacting Laura Dwyer (ldwyer@crmc.ri.gov) at the Coastal Resources Management Council.

Oct.

10

Sachuest (Second) Beach Cleanup

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Middletown

Join Clean Ocean Access for an afternoon at this beautiful beach in Middletown near the wildlife santuary.

All participants must pre-register and in doing so will complete a waiver. At the actual event, all participants must bring their phone using the completed waiver, or a print out. At the actual event each participant must complete a COVID-19 symptom checker.

Oct.

14

Newport Marina Trash Skimmer Tour

Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Perotti Park, Newport

Learn about how the city of Newport is trying to clean up marine debris via trash skimmers to improve water quality and overall environmental conditions.

Tours showcases how skimmers work, what kind of debris is commonly collected, and what participants can do to reduce waste entering our water systems.

 

All participants must pre-register and in doing so will complete a waiver. At the actual event, all participants must bring their phone using the completed waiver, or a print out. At the actual event each participant must complete a COVID-19 symptom checker.

Past Events

Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring & Training

Aquatic invasive species are marine plants, algae, and animals that are not in their natural, native environment and come from all over the world via ballast water in shipping vessels and other introduction vectors. Many invasive species found in Rhode Island are from as far as Europe and Asia.

New species arrive every year in Narragansett Bay, with several having negative impacts on the local environment.

Participants gained hands-on experience helping state officials monitor and ID native and non-native marine species in Rhode Island waters.

Salt Marsh Tours

Several marsh tours through the Narrow River and Quonochontaug Pond salt marsh, one of Rhode Island’s most prized coastal lagoons, showcased extensive marsh restoration and elevation enhancement efforts to help this vital habitat better withstand flooding from sea level rise and coastal storm surge.

 

Newport Harbor Trash Skimmer Tour

There are five Marina Trash Skimmers in Southern New England, ranging from Newport, R.I., to Fall River and New Bedford, Mass. The Newport location was the first implemented trash skimmer on the East Coast in 2016. Since 2017, the Marina Trash Skimmers on Aquidneck Island have removed over 30,000 pounds of co-mingled debris, helping to improve water quality and overall environmental conditions at each location.

Tours showcased how these skimmers work, what kind of debris is commonly collected, and what participants can do to reduce waste entering our water systems.

 

 

This list highlights only a few past events and does not showcase all of our Coastweeks events. 

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