Location: Kingston, Rhode Island
The East Providence, RI waterfront is in a serious state of disrepair, the result of former industrial users abandoning piers, barges, and other equipment in these coastal waters. The University of Rhode Island formed a coalition to support a cleanup of the area, beginning with the waters directly across the harbor from the Providence Community Boating Center and India Point Park. To create a plan and identify the debris in the water, URI completed a side-scan sonar survey. This will provide the necessary information to demonstrate the positive effects of a waterfront cleanup and build momentum for a larger effort.