Clean The Bay and the RIDEM being awarded a $150,000 grant from NOAA.
(L-R: Tim Keeney, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere at NOAA,
Captain Alan Wentworth, Governor Donald L. Carcieri, RIDEM Director Dr. W. Michael Sullivan,
Captain Ed Hughes,
Senator Lincoln Chafee, Senator Jack Reed)
Project Clean Sweep is an effort by the state, local communities, the non-profit organization Clean the Bay, and numerous volunteers to remove marine debris in upper Narragansett Bay. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) estimates that there could be 550 tons of debris in the upper Bay. The initial project will focus on the 100 miles of shoreline within three priority Bay regions: Greenwich Bay, Metro Bay, and the Bay Islands and West Aquidneck Island shoreline.