- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A specialized 30-foot work boat called the Aqualogger has been brought to Rhode Island from Maine for a test project to remove old pilings and other wood from the Seekonk River.

The project is being undertaken by Clean Bays, a Newport-based nonprofit grop funded by a $50,000 grant from 11th Hour Racing, a Newport sailing organization.

Kent Dresser, the group’s executive director, tells the Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/1xbkaHS ) the idea is help clean the river and make it safer for residential and recreational uses. The company that owns the boat, Deadhead Lumber, will get to salvage and sell the wood it removes.

Dresser hopes the test program will lead to a larger wood cleanup effort, which could take several years to complete.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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