The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program is one of 28 programs designated as estuaries of national significance under the National Estuary Program. The program helps protect and restore the water quality and ecological integrity of the Narragansett Bay itself as well as the million acre Narragansett Bay watershed. In 2015, the Estuary Program celebrated 30 years of protection and restoration of the Narragansett Bay watershed.
Serving as a catalyst in the Narragansett Bay watershed, the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program works to attract and direct federal and other resources to local needs, build needed scientific and watershed information, inform the public and policy makers, convene collaborative work-groups around key issues, and support local and grassroots-level organizations. Using its skills in science, policy, and management, the Estuary Program seeks to address and advance key issues in the Narragansett Bay watershed.