09-May-2015

Volunteers, Clean Ocean Access Organize Clean-Ups Of Fort Adams State Park

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Clean Ocean Access and the sustainability committee of the Volvo Ocean Race Newport organized three separate beach clean-ups in the month of April to help prepare Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I., for the only North American stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Clean Ocean Access works to protect, preserve and maintain shoreline access for residents and visitors. The clean-ups were organized as part of COA's Marine Debris Solutions Lifecycle Project (MDSLP). More than 200 volunteers from local schools and organizations donated 484 hours of community service and removed 7,613 items, or 1,504 pounds of small- to medium-sized marine debris.

"Fort Adams State Park is one of Rhode Island's best natural resources," said COA Executive Director Dave McLaughlin. "Preserving and protecting our natural resources, improving recreation opportunities, and resource conservation are key steps towards improving our economy."

The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover is committed to sustainability and being a carbon-neutral event. Visitors to the Race Village at Fort Adams State Park are encouraged to bring a personal water bottle for filling at water stations. Recycling and composting practices have been outlined, and biodiesel fuel will be used on the Volvo Ocean 65 race boats and in all of the diesel generators and vehicles associated with the shoreside facilities. Partnership with a carbon-offset program will help offset the stopover's entire carbon footprint.

"It's our mission to protect the environment and we embrace green practices at the DEM," said Janet Coit, Director of the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM), a co-host of the stopover.