Category: Projects

October 26, 2021
We have new “coir logs”! Thanks to Ray and Wenley!

Coir logs perform an important function in the cove. Made to control erosion and protect the cove in the event of a significant storm, these “logs” help the cove stay stable and healthy. 

And Ray and Wenley? Ray Mooney and Wenley Ferguson have been supporters of the EWPA for many years, adding expertise and helping out in many ways and lately heling in acquiring and installing coir logs in the cove. 

This spring Ray saw logs posted on a social media site for a price substantially below what we have spent for similar items in the past. Given the Covid-19 situation and the difficulty of transporting them to Rhode Island, we passed on these items this spring.  However, Ray noticed last week that they were still available. He drove to New Hampshire with his trailer and brought 15 logs back.  

Wenley is lending her expertise in how these should be installed to gain the greatest benefit from them. She will advise the landscaping company that will be installing them. 

The work of EWPA couldn’t happen without the assistance of such important friends of EWPA and we thank them for their generous and important efforts. 

Thanks Ray and Wenley!! 

October 23, 2021 Winterberry (and Hydrangeas) on the Move and Nasty Asphalt Out!

Maintaining the park includes keeping a close eye on the plants that are doing well and the ones that need some help. It also means always improving. 

Last year Winterberry were planted in the northern curve of the park. The berries feed the birds throughout early winter and add a nice look to the edge of the park. Several of the plants did quite well while a few seemed to struggle. 

In an effort to give them a better location to thrive, we, led by Nick Cokonis, moved the winterberry to a location a with more sun and less competition for water. Where the Winterberry were removed, they were replaced by a variety of smooth hydrangea called ‘Invincibelle Ruby.’ 

A Better Hydrangea for Pollinators (including Bees!)

“The pollinators love these Hydrangeas” said Nick Cokonis. He continued explaining that the variety of hydrangea chosen to replace the spots where the Winterberry were have reproductive organs and nectar available. Most commercial hydrangea are cultivated to lose the nectar and reproductive organs so they won’t produce nectar or pollen. In these commercial plants, the sterile flowers can be four times the size, making them thirstier. 

Asphalt: The Nasty Gift that Keeps on Giving

The slow release of petroleum from asphalt dumped on the site years ago is the nasty gift that keeps on giving. While preparing beds, the crew took the time to remove as much of the tar that they could find. 

October 2nd: Thwarting the pernicious pear (and other invasive growth).

On Saturday, October 2, 2021 Board Members from the EWPA worked in the early morning sun to remove invasive growth from the cove. This removal, done once per year, allows the naturally occurring growth room to thrive. The removal included a surprising number of young “pear” trees, that, according to understanding, are a variety that never actually produce pears!!

Board Members Lynn, Richard and Joe deep in the marsh removing invasive growth
Board President Barbara applying solution to invasive to inhibit regrowth.
Board Members Lynn and Joe removing invasive growth from the cove.

July 2021
Planting New Grasses to Add Support and a Great Place for Bees!

In July with the help of a large number of volunteers led by Nick Cokonis, we planted Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’) and Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium  ‘Standing Ovation’) grasses on the top of the banks.

Both grasses are prairie grasses that are recognized in the category of “warm season grasses” known for their long roots to control erosion and their drought tolerance. These were chosen to protect the embankment from erosion and for their color in the fall to add more interest to the park.

Save The Bay generously donated over 400 plugs of Switchgrass to our planting effort to help patch in spotty growth in existing Switchgrass stands and to control erosion.  They are all native plants used where the soil is dry and nutrient deficient.  

A Successful 2021 Annual Spring Clean Up

Over 80 neighbors joined together at this socially distanced outdoor clean up on April 24th, 9:30-11:30 am.

Teams worked on clean ups at Stillhouse Cove, Pawtuxet Park, and Sheldon Street.

With cooperation from the Pawtuxet Village Association, Save the Bay, RI Yacht Club, Cranston Rotary Club, Pawtuxet Cove Marina, Edgewood Garden Club, the City of Cranston and the City of Warwick the clean-ups were a huge success.

With everyones cooperation, we followed RI Department of Health guidelines. Thanks to everyone for the great event.

SEE MORE PHOTOS HERE

SEE MORE PHOTOS HERE

News Coverage in the Cranston Herald

2020: Year in Review

2020 saw a significant increase in the use of the park at Stillhouse Cove. Your support enables us to protect and preserve Stillhouse Cove, our local environmental treasure.

Some of What We Did in 2020 with Your Help

Completed the new rose garden with stepping stones and a plaque recognizing our supportive donor.

Protected the marsh and conservation area at Stillhouse by treating and removing invasive weeds and seedlings. 

Re-planted 5 gardens and the rotary with native plants that withstand drought and attract bees.

Re-hydroseeded the stormwater infiltration area with our City of Cranston partner and Save the Bay.

Repaired the vandalized sprinkler system and damage to the park lawn.

Provided dog waste bags to neighbors and visitors, including adding a third dispenser to the park this spring when demand increased and maintained walkways to the beach area.

Each year, we need to raise $10,000 to sustain improvements and to keep Stillhouse Cove the clean, beautiful, and safe waterfront park it has become. 
 

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A Remarkable Transformation

Stillhouse Cove, along Narragansett Blvd. Restored salt marsh is at right.

Pawtuxet’s Stillhouse Cove has undergone a remarkable transformation. Since 2004, almost $1 million has been invested in projects that have restored the 3-acre salt marsh, protected the embankment from erosion, enhanced the parkland, replaced a derelict boat ramp, and calmed traffic.

Stillhouse Cove Park is managed by the Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association (EWPA), a non-profit incorporated in 1996. EWPA has developed partnerships with agencies and organizations critical to the funding and installation of these great projects. Partners include: Save the Bay, the City of Cranston, DEM, CRMC, the US Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Narragansett Bay Commission and the Edgewood Garden Club.

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Improvements in a coastal zone are very expensive, require environmental permits, and have to be carefully managed. Projects are complicated and time-consuming. However, EWPA and its partners have been tenacious. The result? Note the following projects and milestones completed in the past fourteen years:

2004

Coastal erosion project. Stone rip-rap was installed on about 1000 linear feet of the southern embankment, and the embankment to the north was cleared and planted with special “warm season” grasses, with root systems capable of holding the steep slope in place.

2004-5

Salt marsh restoration project. The invasive phragmites grasses were cut away. The

streambed channels were dug out, removing accumulated sediment, and restoring infiltration of salt water critical to allowing native marshland ecology to recover.

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Vortechnics catch basin unit installed, 2005

2005

Installed “Vortechnics” catch basin units in the lawn area, capable of filtering out sand, metals and other contaminates before reaching the marsh.

Installed new sidewalks and granite curbing on Narragansett Boulevard.

2005-09

Installed six memorial benches, for park patrons to enjoy.

2008

Garden improvements installed by the Edgewood Garden Club

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2009 ditching enhancements  /  Unsuccessful hydroseed project, 2009

2009

Additional channels dug to control mosquitoes and increase salt water infiltration

2012

Installed wooden fence at northern end of park

2013

Recovery from Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy grant enabled stabilization of embankment

2014-15

EWPA wins National Historic Register designation for Stillhouse Cove

EWPA wins Hurricane Sandy restoration grant for new erosion project

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Water service installed at site, 2015

Water service and sprinklers installed on lawn area, which was regraded and reseeded as well.

Narragansett Boulevard traffic calming installed, including two speed tables and a new rotary at the intersection with Ocean Avenue.

New boat ramp installed.

Ten new gardens planted on site.

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Annual Cove Clean Up, 2015
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EWPA has ongoing initiatives and the annual Cove Clean Up every April. Pawtuxet neighbors who use or appreciate Stillhouse cove are encouraged to check out www.stillhousecove.org and sign up to become a member. Thanks for your support!

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