On Saturday, November 3, 2018, Coastal Angels went to the Newport Aquatic Center and launched our first kayak cleanup. In partnership with the Newport Conservancy and Newport Rotary, we kayaked the Upper Newport Back Bay. This was a limited space event due to a small amount of kayaks.
What was it like?
It was extremely arduous, muddy, and wildly educational. We experienced the rise and lowering of the tide and how that affects land patches in the estuary. Sometimes it was very smelly, due to the death of a fish and bird. Crabs were in abundance and fish kept jumping out of the water. There was something serene following us while we were working to lighten the impact pollution has in the area. You couldn’t help but be proud to be out there truly making a difference that day.
Since it was our first time, we went to learn as much as possible and kept open minds. Some of the craziest finds were a bicycle wheel, tons of balls, and too many straws. Riding the kayaks was a bit of a challenge at times because a lot of energy was required to paddle and pick up trash. We exerted a lot of energy but we will come more prepared next time.
We hope that we will get approved to come out and volunteer again. It was enlightening but we are very motivated to do it again.