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DEM FUNDS CLEANUP OF WRECKED VESSELS IN WATERS OFF PORTSMOUTH AND WESTERLY
Saturday, January 02, 2016 @ 08:40:32 EST
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today it has awarded grants totaling $29,678 to two Rhode Island communities to fund removal of abandoned vessels from local waters. The grants, awarded to the Town of Portsmouth and the Watch Hill Fire District in Westerly, are the latest in Rhode Island's ongoing efforts to support the cleanup of marine debris that may threaten the environment and navigational safety.
"Marine refuse and, in particular, abandoned vessels pose a significant threat to the health of our waters and the safe passage of boaters," said DEM Director Janet Coit. "Supporting efforts to remove obstructions is critical to the vitality of our waterways. We are pleased to be working with great partners in Portsmouth and Westerly to get these vessels safely removed for the benefit of boaters, wildlife, and valuable coastal habitats."
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