Despite morning rain on Sunday, April 29, over 30 volunteers showed up to make Salter Grove even more beautiful by removing trash in all sectors of the park.
This enjoyable event led to over 400 pounds of trash being collected. The trash was picked up the following Monday by the City of Warwick. Good job everyone!
Harbor seals can be found sharing the water with container ships near the busy docks of the Port of Providence. Photo by Jason Major, Nov. 2015.
Narragansett Bay and the inflowing waters of the Providence River weren’t always as clean as they might appear today. It wasn’t very long ago at all that discharge from RI’s many industrial companies flowed directly into the Bay, polluting the waters and inciting the growth of harmful algae and bacteria—not to mention creating some interesting smells around many of the Bay’s inlets and coves.
Thanks to the efforts of organizations like Save the Bay, forward-thinking city planners, and environmental regulations like the 1972 Clean Water Act, Narragansett Bay is in better shape than it has been in ages, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. FoSG charter member Mary Grady has covered this ongoing story in a recent article for R.I. Monthly—read the full article here.
The eastern causeway bridge at Salter Grove during low tide, Feb. 2016. (Credit: Jason Major)
One of the key proponents of improvements to Salter Grove and the efforts of FoSG is Warwick Representative Joseph McNamara, who for safety and access concerns ” is pressing to find the funds to repair a foot bridge that has been impassable since Super Storm Sandy.”
The bridge in question once spanned a gap in the eastern end of the causeway that leads from the parking area of the park to a rock breakwater that runs along upper Narragansett Bay/Providence River and connects Rock Island at the south with Marsh Island to the north.
Welcome to the Friends of Salter Grove blog! This site will allow the members of the FoSG group to provide news and updates on our cause: the improvement and restoration of George B. Salter Memorial Grove, located on historic Pawtuxet Cove and the upper Narragansett Bay along Narragansett Parkway (Rt. 1A).
We feel that this property is a special place to not only the local community but also to residents of the city of Warwick and state of Rhode Island, and it deserves to be properly cared for and maintained for the enjoyment of present and future generations.