Paddle for Access has always been about raising awareness of the importance of public access to the shore here on Aquidneck Island. Since 2006, Clean Ocean Access has worked to eliminate marine debris, improve water quality, and preserve and protect public shoreline access. In fact, limited access to the shoreline is how the organization started, and to this day, public access remains one of the most important, yet least understood issues of our programming work.
As part of our core ACCESS program, we monitor 50 CRMC designated rights-of-way to the shore (ROW) all year-round across the 69 miles of coastline on Aquidneck Island and to date, Clean Ocean Access has adopted 30 of these ROWs for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.
In celebration of our ongoing work to protect and preserve shoreline access, we will host the 3rd Annual Paddle for Access event virtually for 50 days from June 26 to August 15 in honor of the 50 ROWs here on Aquidneck Island.