The End of the Line Project
Author: Colin Murphy
EWPA is an all volunteer organization. Come join us.
A Chance to Help Preserve Stillhouse Cove. Apply to be a Volunteer.
Stillhouse Cove, thanks to the Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association (EWPA), leads Rhode Island as an example of smart shoreline adaptation and resilience. Stillhouse Cove is also a beautiful gathering spot in Pawtuxet Village, maintained by the EWPA with volunteer help.
We are looking for a few new volunteers to add to our ongoing volunteer base. We will also invite a limited number of volunteers to join the Board of Directors of the EWPA, a non-profit.
The EWPA works with Save the Bay on both cleanups and adaptation of the shoreline to rising sea levels. We coordinate with the Pawtuxet Village Association for work on Pawtuxet Park. As climate change continues to affect every community, the work of the EWPA takes on additional importance. We have a history of working with students at the K-12 and college levels and will continue doing so, in some cases as part of grant projects.
Being a volunteer with the EWPA is a way to not only help maintain Stillhouse Cove, but to get involved in environmental advocacy in Rhode Island.
We ask that you respond to a few questions in your application to become a volunteer. We are proud of the work that the EWPA has done over the decades and look for the good work to continue.
Over 80 neighbors joined together at this socially distanced outdoor clean up on April 24th, 9:30-11:30 am.
Teams worked on clean ups at Stillhouse Cove, Pawtuxet Park, and Sheldon Street.
With cooperation from the Pawtuxet Village Association, Save the Bay, RI Yacht Club, Cranston Rotary Club, Pawtuxet Cove Marina, Edgewood Garden Club, the City of Cranston and the City of Warwick the clean-ups were a huge success.
With everyones cooperation, we followed RI Department of Health guidelines. Thanks to everyone for the great event.
Board of Directors
|Board of Directors|
|Barbara Rubine||Joined 1984, President 2007|
|Colin Murphy||Joined 2018, Vice President 2021|
|Bill Austin||Joined 2021, Treasurer, 2021|
|Richard Finlay||Joined 2010|
|Susan Hartman||Joined 2018|
|Trent Batson||Joined 2021|
|Joe Cooney||Joined 2021|
|Alice Barrows||Emeritus as of March, 2014|
|Chet Barrows||Emeritus as of March, 2014|
|Joe Filippone||Emeritus as of November, 2016*|
|Peter Fritz||Emeritus as of November, 2017|
|Mark Garrison||Emeritus as of December, 2018|
|Mike Schlesinger||Emeritus as of December, 2020|
2020 saw a significant increase in the use of the park at Stillhouse Cove. Your support enables us to protect and preserve Stillhouse Cove, our local environmental treasure.
Some of What We Did in 2020 with Your Help
Completed the new rose garden with stepping stones and a plaque recognizing our supportive donor.
Protected the marsh and conservation area at Stillhouse by treating and removing invasive weeds and seedlings.
Re-planted 5 gardens and the rotary with native plants that withstand drought and attract bees.
Re-hydroseeded the stormwater infiltration area with our City of Cranston partner and Save the Bay.
Repaired the vandalized sprinkler system and damage to the park lawn.
Provided dog waste bags to neighbors and visitors, including adding a third dispenser to the park this spring when demand increased and maintained walkways to the beach area.
Each year, we need to raise $10,000 to sustain improvements and to keep Stillhouse Cove the clean, beautiful, and safe waterfront park it has become.
Please give today.
Donations are collected through a secure PayPalpayment.
A Peek into the Future
Climate Change & Rising Sea levels in Cranston RI
Monday, March 22, 6:30pm
Live Via Zoom
RSVP HERE - EVENT FULL
Please join us for an exciting evening looking into our future at Stillhouse Cove, at the Annual Meeting of the Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association (EWPA).
Free and Open to the Public.
Space is limited. RSVP Required.
Annual Meeting Presentation
Have you wondered how our neighborhood might be impacted by climate change and rising sea levels?
A Peek into the Future: Climate Change & Rising Sea levels In Cranston RIPlease join us for a presentation by Teresa Crean as she guides us through a discussion of the future of sea level rise predictions, Storm Tools and remediation efforts to plan for the future in our community.
About the Speaker
Teresa Crean is a community planner and coastal management extension specialist with the Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and Rhode Island Sea Grant at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography. Teresa facilitates municipal-scale projects in Rhode Island that address coastal adaptation to climate change and sea level rise. Her work involves evaluating the results of mapping exercises to clearly communicate anticipated challenges and opportunities for municipal stakeholders while collaboratively considering policies and projects that may increase resiliency in the face of potential impacts from coastal hazards and storm events.
RSVP HERE - EVENT FULL
Stillhouse Cove, along Narragansett Blvd. Restored salt marsh is at right.
Pawtuxet’s Stillhouse Cove has undergone a remarkable transformation. Since 2004, almost $1 million has been invested in projects that have restored the 3-acre salt marsh, protected the embankment from erosion, enhanced the parkland, replaced a derelict boat ramp, and calmed traffic.
Stillhouse Cove Park is managed by the Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association (EWPA), a non-profit incorporated in 1996. EWPA has developed partnerships with agencies and organizations critical to the funding and installation of these great projects. Partners include: Save the Bay, the City of Cranston, DEM, CRMC, the US Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Narragansett Bay Commission and the Edgewood Garden Club.
Improvements in a coastal zone are very expensive, require environmental permits, and have to be carefully managed. Projects are complicated and time-consuming. However, EWPA and its partners have been tenacious. The result? Note the following projects and milestones completed in the past fourteen years:
Coastal erosion project. Stone rip-rap was installed on about 1000 linear feet of the southern embankment, and the embankment to the north was cleared and planted with special “warm season” grasses, with root systems capable of holding the steep slope in place.
Salt marsh restoration project. The invasive phragmites grasses were cut away. The
streambed channels were dug out, removing accumulated sediment, and restoring infiltration of salt water critical to allowing native marshland ecology to recover.
Vortechnics catch basin unit installed, 2005
Installed “Vortechnics” catch basin units in the lawn area, capable of filtering out sand, metals and other contaminates before reaching the marsh.
Installed new sidewalks and granite curbing on Narragansett Boulevard.
Installed six memorial benches, for park patrons to enjoy.
Garden improvements installed by the Edgewood Garden Club
2009 ditching enhancements / Unsuccessful hydroseed project, 2009
Additional channels dug to control mosquitoes and increase salt water infiltration
Installed wooden fence at northern end of park
Recovery from Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy grant enabled stabilization of embankment
EWPA wins National Historic Register designation for Stillhouse Cove
EWPA wins Hurricane Sandy restoration grant for new erosion project
Water service installed at site, 2015
Water service and sprinklers installed on lawn area, which was regraded and reseeded as well.
Narragansett Boulevard traffic calming installed, including two speed tables and a new rotary at the intersection with Ocean Avenue.
New boat ramp installed.
Ten new gardens planted on site.
Annual Cove Clean Up, 2015
EWPA has ongoing initiatives and the annual Cove Clean Up every April. Pawtuxet neighbors who use or appreciate Stillhouse cove are encouraged to check out www.stillhousecove.org and sign up to become a member. Thanks for your support!
Phoebe Bean did not disappoint in presenting a fascinating talk on “Relics, Rebels and Rum” of Stillhouse Cove. Thanks all that attended, to our presenters, President Barbara Rubine, Secretary Susan Hartman, and Treasurer Piers Curry, and of course, Phoebe Bean!