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      RI DEM receives $250K for Sandy debris cleanup

      Disaster debris left by Superstorm Sandy will be removed from in and around Narragansett Bay, thanks to funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has received $250,000 from NOAA for the cleanup stemming from the October 2012 storm. Much of the debris has been removed by state, municipal and volunteer organizations, but the funding will allow for cleanup in more hard to reach places, including waters and marshes around the Bay, and Block Island Sound. That debris includes docks, pilings and other trash. Seven locations have been chosen for cleanup, including:- Hull Cove, Jamestown- Potter's Cove, Jamestown - Ninigret Pond, Charlestown- Common Fence Point, Portsmouth- Block Island- Card, Potter and Point Judith Ponds, South Kingstown- Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Prudence & Patience IslandsIt's estimated more than 100 tons of debris could be removed from these areas. Assessments will also be done in Winnapaug Pond in Westerly, where town officials believe large amounts of debris are underwater. The cleanups are slated to begin this fall.