The Aquidneck Land Trust, Preserve Rhode Island, and The Preservation Society of Newport County dedicated the past three years to building support and raising funds to bury the power lines along Sachuest Point Road in Middletown. Brought together by a shared focus on preserving and enhancing the visual quality of Aquidneck Island’s historic and natural places, the three organizations established the Scenic Aquidneck initiative. Enlisting the support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in its efforts to increase coastal resiliency, the group has spearheaded the burial of the power lines along the Paradise Valley coastline to improve this important place for the whole community.
The project will improve and preserve one of Rhode Island's most significant scenic resources: the coastline of historic Paradise Valley, more commonly known as Second Beach or Sachuest. Burying the utility lines will increase coastal resiliency, enhance pedestrian safety, improve utility infrastructure, promote stewardship of the cultural landscape, and restore historic views prized by residents and artists like John LaFarge and George Bellows, who flocked here to paint.
The project is funded through a generous public-private partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the Prince Charitable Trusts and the Easton's Point Neighborhood Association. Work is currently underway and will be completed by the summer of 2016.
Learn more about this important preservation initiative.