Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Restoring Shellfish in The Salt Ponds- Help Needed

Want to get dirty, work hard, and make a real contribution to saving the Salt Ponds? Join us on Tuesday, May 5th, to transplant quahogs from Narragansett Bay into spawner sanctuaries in Quononchontaug (Quonny) Pond and Ninigret Pond on the South County Coast.

This project is really inspiring, as we work closely with some terrific partners and dedicated staffers including RIDEM, The Nature Conservancy, and The Salt Ponds Coalition. These people love their work and they do it with extraordinary skill and professionalism. I volunteered on this mission last year and it was a good time with some great people. Details follow:



Shellfish Restoration Project - Part 1

Tue, 5 May, 2009 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Volunteers are needed to help The Nature Conservancy, Save The Bay, the Salt Ponds Coalition, and RIDEM in a joint restoration project funded by a NOAA/TNC Community Restoration Partnership Grant in May at Ninigret and Quonochontaug Ponds. The project entails loading
50lb bags of clams onto a boat and then unloading them into the pond at
designated spots. So we need strong people who want to be out in the sun and the
water! Volunteers will be needed to help in two areas each day: East Greenwich
(for an hour to an hour and a half) and then at the restoration sites (either
Quonnie or Ninigret).

Volunteers in East Greenwich will be meeting DEM staff at the RI
Clam Co. and will be loading 50 lb. bags of clams. Volunteers with
wheelbarrows, hand trucks, and planks might help, but strong backs (the ability
to lift 50 pound bags of muddy quahogs) would be a higher priority. You’ll be
loading the quahogs in to a flatbed trailer. The clams will then be transported
to the restoration site.

Volunteers who work in East Greenwich are not required to also volunteer at the
restoration site. Separate groups of volunteers can be used for each part of
the project.


WHAT TO BRING: Participants should be able to lift a 50lb bag,
wear movable and flexible clothing that they can get dirty including closed toed
shoes or waders, bring sun and bug protection and drinking water and
rain gear if necessary.

REQUIREMENTS:
Strong backs, able to do heavy lifting and bending. Don’t mind getting wet,
dirty and working in possible rainy weather. Able to be on your feet the whole
time of the volunteer project. Must work the entire length of the volunteer
project. Volunteers under the age of 16 must volunteer with a parent or
guardian. All volunteers will be required to sign and turn in waivers so we can
track your hours of service for the grant funding.

Location: 7 Water Street, East Greenwich, 02818 (RI Clam Co.) (Map)
Fees: Free and Open to the Public
Contact: Stephany Hessler, shessler@savebay.org or 401-272-3540 ext. 130

Shellfish Restoration Project - Part II

Tue, 5 May, 2009 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


WHAT:
Volunteers are needed to help The Nature Conservancy, Save The Bay, RIDEM, and the Salt Ponds Coalition in a joint restoration project funded by a NOAA/TNC Community
Restoration Partnership Grant in May at Ninigret and Quonochontaug Ponds. The
project entails loading 50lb bags of clams onto a boat and then unloading them
into the pond at designated spots. So we need strong people who want to be out
in the sun and the water! Volunteers will be needed to help in two areas each
day: East Greenwich (for an hour to an hour and a half) and then at the
restoration sites (either Quonnie or Ninigret).

Volunteers in East
Greenwich will be meeting at the RI Clam Co. and will be loading 50 lb. bags of clams. Volunteers with wheelbarrows, hand trucks, and planks might help, but strong backs (the ability
to lift 50 pound bags of muddy quahogs) would be a higher priority. You’ll be
loading the quahogs in to a flatbed trailer. The clams will then be transported
to the restoration site.

Volunteers who work in East Greenwich are not required to also volunteer at the
restoration site. Separate groups of volunteers can be used for each part of
the project.

WHAT TO BRING: Participants should be able to
lift a 50lb bag, wear movable and flexible clothing that they can get dirty
including closed toed shoes or waders, bring sun and bug protection and drinking
water and rain gear if necessary.

REQUIREMENTS: Strong backs, able to do heavy lifting and
bending. Don’t mind getting wet, dirty and working in possible rainy weather.
Able to be on your feet the whole time of the volunteer project. Must work the
entire length of the volunteer project. Volunteers under the age of 16 must
volunteer with a parent or guardian. All volunteers will be required to sign
and turn in waivers so we can track your hours of service for the grant
funding.

Location: Quonochontaug Breachway, End of West Beach Road, Charlestown, RI (Map)
Fees: Free and Open to the Public
Contact: Stephany Hessler, shessler@savebay.org or 401-272-3540 ext. 130

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