Photo/Save the Bay

Photo/Save the Bay Historically heavy rains this year have led to a rash of beach closures in Rhode Island and underscore the need for the Ocean State to do more to clean up its coastline, Save the Bay officials say.

Tom Kutcher Narragansett Baykeeper. Photo/Save the Bay.

Tom Kutcher Narragansett Baykeeper. Photo/Save the Bay.

Since Memorial Day, the number of beach-closure days because of bacterial contamination has hit 102, four times as many as at this time last year, according to the state Department of Health’s beach monitoring program. Each day any beach is closed counts toward the total.

“This is a wake-up call for us,” said the group’s Narragansett Baykeeper, Tom Kutcher. “Our bay is still in crisis.”

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