What's New Around the Watershed?
2016 Grant Awards
The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program is very pleased to announce the awarding of over $815,000 in grants to fund eleven projects aimed at protecting and restoring water quality in the Narragansett Bay watershed. These grants will support municipalities and nonprofit agencies, in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, with a focus on projects to address nutrients, pathogens, and stormwater. These grants are funded through the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Southeast New England Program.
See the Press Release.
2015 Watershed Counts report available
The 5th annual Watershed Counts report focuses on the land and water resources of the bi-state Narragansett Bay watershed, and highlights the work being done to protect and restore these critical resources. This year’s report focuses on urban waters throughout the Narragansett Bay watershed, and features local efforts to improve water quality, increase access to the urban waters for fishing and kayaking, and reduce environmental threats to lives and infrastructure.
Watershed Counts is a coalition of over 60 non-profit entities, government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations who work together to report regularly on the land and water resources of the Narragansett Bay watershed. It is facilitated by the URI Coastal Institute and the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program.
The 2015 Watershed Counts report, executive summary, and press release can be found here: http://www.watershedcounts.org/report2015.html
Media coverage of the 2015 Watershed Counts report:
Providence Journal: http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20151102/NEWS/151109907
Fall River Herald and the Taunton Gazette: http://www.ecori.org/pollution-contamination/2015/11/4/urban-runoff-fouls-swimming-and-fishing-opportunities
Judith Swift, director of the Coastal Institute at URI, introduces Watershed Counts partners Nicole Rohr, assistant director of the Coastal Institute; Jonathan Stone, executive director of Save The Bay; Tom Borden, program director of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program; and Christine Sullivan, interim executive director of The Pawtucket Foundation.