- Associated Press - Friday, November 27, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Armed with nearly $195,000 in federal funding, a Rhode Island nonprofit has begun a yearlong effort to clean up 14 miles of shoreline along the Providence and Seekonk rivers.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1jnFBCn) crews from Middletown-based Clean Bays began working on the East Providence side of the rivers earlier this week, with a goal of removing 165 tons of debris by November 2016.

Clean Bays Executive Director Kent Dresser says the endeavor will clean up a small fraction of the rotting piers, barges and other structures that have marred the upper Narragansett Bay.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says the project is necessary because the stretch is no longer considered an industrial waterfront.

Clean Bays was awarded a grant totaling $194,800 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in September.

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

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