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Let’s Keep Rhody Litter-Free!

Join the movement! First Lady Susan McKee has a challenge for all Rhode Islanders: Pick up one piece of litter every day!

If all one million RI residents pledge to pick up one at least piece of litter every day, there will be 365,000,000 fewer pieces of litter by the end of the year! 

One million RI residents could easily remove one million pieces of litter from our state each day. On your way to work, shopping, dining, or walking to school, if each one of us picks up just one piece of litter every day, the results will be dramatic.

Get your friends, co-workers, and family members to each pick up one piece of litter, or more if you get in the groove. Then take a picture and post your photos on social media with the hashtag #RIMillionPieces.

Litter doesn’t have to stay in RI. If we all just pick up one piece, RI will be one million pieces cleaner!Let’s keep the momentum going Rhode Island!

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The 2024 Earth Day Stillhouse Cove and Pawtuxet Park Clean Ups!

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Join Us for the Stillhouse Cove Cleanup “Rain Date”: May 4th from 9 – 11 am


Spirits not dampened: April 20, the first day of the clean-up, a success! Join us May 4th to continue the work!

Over 40 people turned out for a rainy and productive 2024 clean-up. We will continue the work on May 4 from 9-11 am. Thanks for everyone that turned out!

And 13 Volunteers Showed Up to Pawtuxet Park

Cranston Herald recognizes EWPA Clean Up,248836

The 2023 Earth Day Salt Marsh and Park Clean Up!

Over 60 neighbors and friends joined the Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association (EWPA) at Stillhouse Cove Salt Marsh and Park for our Annual Clean Up. Hundreds of pounds of trash and debris was removed including plastics, syringes, and lumber. Thanks to everyone that participated in the clean up.

Spring Clean Up
April 29, 9-11:30 AM




Some of What We Did In 2022 with Your Help

Your support helps us to protect and conserve Stillhouse Cove Salt Marsh and Park, our local environmental treasure.

Each year we raise funds to maintain, and improve Stillhouse Cove Salt Marsh and Park to keep it a sustainable, clean, beautiful, and safe waterfront.
Please give today.

Please Support Us

Maintained and improved the Stillhouse Cove Palmeri Rose Garden.

Members of the board and dedicated volunteers worked throughout the growing season to maintain the park, salt march, rotary, and storm water area.

Worked with horticulturist Nick Cokonis to prepare the site in early Spring and educate the board and volunteers on site preparation.

Supported STEM students discovering sea creatures in Stillhouse Cove.

Held two clean-ups that attracted more than 200 volunteers that removed trash from around the cove.

We facilitated installation and landscaping for a sculpture, The End of the Line, made from old trolley track removed from Narragansett Boulevard.

Each year, we need to raise funds to sustain improvements the park and salt marsh. Join us in this neighborhood effort. Help us to keep Stillhouse Cove the clean, beautiful, and safe waterfront park it has become.

Please help to conserve Stillhouse Cove Salt Marsh and Park with your donation today.

Sittin’ On A Bench On the Bay

By Trent Batson
May 27, 2022

Years ago, one of our daughters took up residence on Ocean Avenue and I, a retired university professor, had the privilege of walking her dog at Stillhouse Cove when she and her husband were at work.  I loved the Cove as did Calypso, the dog.  

More recently, I’ve had another privilege — serving on the Board of the Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association that maintains Stillhouse Cove.  I’ve stepped down from the Board now but wanted to continue to contribute to the EWPA in some way.  My current research work is about human evolution and climate change — and, in these blogs, I’ll write about how those two relate to the good work at Stillhouse Cove.

I am launching, with the support of the EWPA Board, a monthly series of blogs about Stillhouse Cove and resilience work as climate change presents ever greater challenges to that work.  The EWPA has done model work on resilience in the Cove and this blog series celebrates that work while also describing the larger context of how humanity is dealing with the climate crisis.  

What happens at Stillhouse Cove is a microcosm of shorelines around the world and so is well worth following.  

Musing on the Cove

You can sit on a bench in Stillhouse Cove in Pawtuxet, Rhode Island, facing east, looking out over the bay, and watch the dawn break.  Many do.  Sometimes, in the rain.  I told my granddaughter, when fog obscured the far shore, that the East Bay part of Rhode Island had floated away.  

As you sit, song sparrows may sing or, in season, you may hear redwing blackbirds.  You might see an Osprey bank over the water — or seagulls or cormorants — and geese or ducks feeding on the shoreline.  

The sun reflecting off the Bay glitters.  Dogs, walking their owners, sniff on by.  Runners, silent on their feet, ghost past.  Cars are surprisingly quiet as drivers slowly take in the scene.  

In season, the sight of sailboats and “stinkpots” at the Yacht Club adds a sense of elegance and adventure. 

Out in the channel, large freighters slip on down the bay, or churn up the Bay, heading for the Port of Providence.

And the Bay water, ever moving, full of life, remains unconcerned.

One can slip out of time sitting on that bench.  

May Site Committee Work a Big Success: Infiltration Area Seeded!

The Site Committee, including board members and volunteers, spent a productive morning seeding the infiltration area damaged over the winter. 

The infiltration area acts as a natural filter for storm water that flows into the bay. Catching bacteria and other organisms and larger items like trash before the water flows into Stillhouse Cove, this important feature protects the cove from bacterial or other blooms as well as from trash and plastics. 

Thanks to the volunteers and board members that showed up to do this important work.

Interested in volunteering? Join us! 

April – Site Committee Prepares for Spring

The EWPA “Site Management Committee” keeps the park and salt marsh healthy with ongoing maintenance and improvements. On Saturday we met to prepare for Spring. Volunteer with us and join us!

The 2022 Spring Salt Marsh and Park Clean Up!

The Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association (EWPA), Pawtuxet Village Association (PVA) Annual Stillhouse Cove Salt Marsh and Park and Pawtuxet Park Clean-Up.

Spring Clean Up
April 23, 9-11 AM 

We had perfect weather and a great crowd for our Stillhouse Cove cleanup today, hosted in partnership with Save the Bay and the Pawtuxet Village Association. Close to 100 people worked picking up garbage and pruning vegetation while at the same time connecting with neighbors and friends. Over (insert number) pounds of refuge was collected and Cranston Mayor Ken Hopkins joined in himself.

EWPA President Barbara Rubine received a proclamation from the State of Rhode Island delivered by Rep McNamara and Mayor Hopkins, thanking the organization for all of the work done over the years to nurture and grow this beautiful waterfront space. Other notable attendees included Councilwoman Vargas, Senator Miller, Councilwoman Marino, Congressional candidate Joy Fox and EWPA Founding Board member Hy Goldman.

There were many conversations about how far the EWPA has come over the years, including stories about how way back in 1996, one neighbor used his car to tow the trees out of the cove area and one time a tow truck had to be called to help!

Thank you to everyone who came out. 

Annual Meeting 2021-2022

Building Local Climate Resilience – From Hazards to Solutions 

How we can best prepare our community for current and future climate change and rising sea level? A Presentation by Shaun O’RourkeManaging Director at the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank. 

Annual Meeting Presentation
April 13, 6:30 PM, Via Zoom

At the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, O’Rourke manages a portfolio of lending and grant programs to help accelerate infrastructure investment statewide. Shaun led the development of “Resilient Rhody,” the state’s first climate resilience action strategy under Governor Raimondo in 2018 and continues to work closely with municipalities to move from planning to action.  His talk title is  “Building Local Climate Resilience – From Hazards to Solutions”  and will focus on how we can best prepare our community for current and future climate change and rising sea level.”

March 26, 2022
Site Committee Readying for Spring!

The “Site Mangement Committee” first meeting getting ready for Spring. Join us! Volunteer!

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