What We Do

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The barrier beach stretching between Weekapaug and the Quonochontaug breachway is one of the few undeveloped beaches in Rhode Island.

The privately-owned beach is enjoyed by people year round and is prime habitat for scores of permanent and migratory species of wildlife. It is a unique asset that truly defines our communities. We encourage passive enjoyment of the beach!

Nope’s Island Conservation Association (NICA) is the nonprofit corporation that was formed to preserve the Quonochontaug Pond Barrier Beach. A volunteer-run organization, the group relies upon the support of pond residents and the communities bordering Quonochontaug Pond for key operational funding.

NICA’s mission is to preserve the beach as an unspoiled habitat. As one of several beachfront landowners, NICA is closely aligned with the Quonochontaug Beach Conservation Commission (QBCC), which works to keep the beach clean and prevent erosion with beach grass and fencing, and with the US Fish & Wildlife Commission, which helps protect endangered bird species.

NICA actively monitors activities and issues that threaten the ecology of the beach.

Map of property owners