Common Fence Point to hold Earth Day cleanup

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Common Fence Point (CFP) will hold an Earth Day cleanup this weekend in Portsmouth. Find out when and how to get involved below.

The CFP Earth Day Cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. 

Supplies will be available at the weighing table across from the CFP Community Center at 993 Anthony Rd. Portsmouth, RI where full bags will be dropped off for weighing and will be picked up by the town on the following Monday.

“The CFP salt marsh ecosystem is one of the most bioproductive regions in Narragansett Bay filtering runoff from the land, sheltering bay fish and crabs, and providing abundant food for Great and Snowy Egrets, and Great Blue Herons,” writes Jono Bixby.

“In the winter, birds like the Brant Goose fly down from the Arctic Circle, Loons, and an expanding family of Hooded Merganser ducks find shelter in and around our marshes.

“Taylor’s Point, along the western edge of our community has one of the best sunset vantage points on the island and our Community Center across from our playground and one of two freshwater ponds hosts the Common Fence Point Music Series, Art Shows and Theater Productions, after-school programs, and many YMCA extension fitness programs.

“Since 2016, we’ve cleaned up almost 4,000 lbs. of trash from CFP beaches and roads with 30 lbs. of new trash washing up on our 3 miles of beach each week. The most heavily impacted area is along the North side of the Sakonnet River Bridge Beach. The best way to access this area is to park under the Bridge on Railroad Ave. and follow the shoreline over the train tracks.”

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