Save the Bay will conduct the first cleanup of Salter Grove in 2018 on Sunday, April 29th, 1-3 pm. Click here for details and to sign up as a volunteer.
The cleanup activity will help set a cleanliness and beauty standard for the summer months. This will be a family-friendly event led by experienced people.
Cleanup Days draw many people who are both interested in improving our natural environment and in having a nice social afternoon. Volunteers will be provided gloves, pickers/grabbers, and trash bags. You will have a brief orientation and then will work with a group. The weather is slowly becoming spring-like, so the day should be enjoyable. We hope you can join us!
UPDATE 3/3/18: Bids of three contractors were accepted on April 2nd.
Warwick engineers Eric Earls (yellow jacket) and Eric Hindinger (motioning) brief contractors about causeway repair at Salter Grove.
Warwick Engineers Eric Earls and Eric Hindinger briefed representatives from 14 companies interested in bidding on repair of the causeway at Salter Grove. The obligatory briefing on March 5th started in the Council Chambers at City Hall and finished on site at George B. Salter Memorial Grove.
Earls advised contractors to focus on the low-lying area near the plastic culverts and the deep cut previously crossed by a foot bridge, which he described as “treacherous” at high tide. The focus should be on providing safe access to the breakwater, with any other improvements being “gravy.”
On February 14th, the City of Warwick posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) to repair the causeway connecting Salter Grove to the breakwater.
The proposal’s scope of work includes the design, permitting, and construction of improvements to the causeway to improve access to the breakwater. At a minimum, the areas currently containing culverts and a displaced footbridge superstructure, which are flooded at high tide, are to be repaired.
We closed last year with nearly $8,000 raised to replace the playground equipment at Salter Grove—one third more than our goal. Thank you all for your generous support!
We raised $2,281 from the sale of raffle tickets and netted $4,572.50 from individual donations, We also received a $1,000 legislative grant via Sen. Michael McCaffrey. Some of these funds passed though our fiscal sponsor, the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.
Ever wonder what Salter Grove would look like if you were a gull with a GoPro? Check out this gorgeous video created with a camera-equipped drone by Bob Fiore and Christine Ty!
Following up on a suggestion from Save the Bay, FoSG conducted an anti-litter campaign on the causeway and breakwater at Salter Grove in September. The campaign was timed to coincide with the bluefish run up the Bay, which failed to
materialize this year.
Anti-litter signs were posted in the bait shops used by fishermen and on the causeway.
FoSG members spoke directly with more than a hundred visitors to the breakwater and causeway, encouraging them to carry their trash back to the waste containers in the parking lot.