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NARRAGANSETT â€“ The Rhode Island Department of Energy Management (DEM) has received grant funding in the amount of $250,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationâ€™s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program to remove and dispose of debris along the state coastline and Narragansett Bay leftover from Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012. Much of the debris has been removed from the locations, but there are large amounts remaining in difficult-to-reach and sensitive locations that will require special equipment to access.
The funding will aid the DEM and state in removing roughly 38 tons of debris from ponds in South Kingstown, including the Card, Potter, and Point Judith ponds.
In a press release from DEM, Director Janet Coit explained why the additional funding was necessary for Rhode Island waters.
For more of this story pick up a copy of The Narragansett Times.