The sunbathers and wave riders have cleared the state’s beaches, but the Audubon Society of Rhode Island is encouraging residents to return to the beach, bringing trash bags instead of bathing suits as part of the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup.
The collaboration between the Ocean Conservancy and Audubon invites volunteers to both collect trash and record their findings for an annual report about shoreline waste and the best policies to address it.
This year, beach captains on sands around the state will head cleanups on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Information on cleanups in Westerly and Charlestown is listed below.
To participate, contact the local cleanup leader. For questions or to sign up as a beach captain, contact Jon Scoones at (401) 949-5454 x3044 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlestown Breachway: Wayne Huot, (401) 788-0361 or email@example.com
Charlestown Town Beach: James McMonigle, (401) 447-8757 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue Shutters Beach: Captains and volunteers needed, see contact information for Jon Scoones above.
East Beach: Captains and volunteers needed, see contact information for Jon Scoones above.
Watch Hill to Misquamicut, Weekapaug to Quonochontaug Breachway: Steve Cersosimo, email@example.com
Quonochontaug: Captains and volunteers needed, see contact information for Jon Scoones above.
Weekapaug Breachway, Misquamicut Beach: Mark Burbelo, (401) 427-2731 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers should meet at the Weekapaug Bridge on the west side of the Fisherman’s parking lot. This cleanup is scheduled for Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. only.
Misquamicut Beach (west of State Beach): Bill and Doreen Harris, email@example.com
Sandy Point: Gay Long, firstname.lastname@example.org