The first step of the Clean Ocean Access “Newport Harbor Trash Skimmer Project” funded by 11th Hour Racing kicked-off on Tuesday with the City of Newport and Toner Electric installing 2 trash skimmers at Perrotti Park.

The Newport Harbor Trash Skimmer Project strengthens and expands the current efforts for improving water quality and eliminating marine debris from Newport Harbor, the sailing capital of the world, a body of water that is used by thousands of residents and a community that is visited by an estimated 3.5 million visitors per year. The goal is to reduce the amount of marine debris in the Newport harbor, increase the recreational value of the waterfront, bring awareness to the types of re-accumulating debris, and promote environmental stewardship.