Sunken Barges to be Removed in East Providence, RI

Sunken Barges to be Removed in East Providence, RI
The upper Providence River, which flows between the city’s downtown and historic East Side. Photo by Tom Croke

EastBayRI.com: The Department of Environmental Management announced Tuesday, Sept. 30, that an $87,000 grant was awarded to the City of East Providence for the removal of 2 derelict barges that have been submerged in the Providence River for many years. Funding for the grant is being provided through the Derelict and Abandoned Vessel and Obstruction Removal Account.

The Account and the Derelict and Abandoned Vessel and Obstruction Removal Commission were established by Rhode Island General Law in 2012. The Commission is chaired by Chief Steven Hall of DEM’s Division of Law Enforcement. The 5-member commission reviews and scores applications from harbormasters and other authorized public entities, and then recommends projects for funding to DEM Director Janet Coit. The proposal from East Providence was submitted during the first round of grant applications, which were due on July 1 and subsequently evaluated by the Commission in August.

Read more about the derelict barges to be removed in East Providence.