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 waters of the Narragansett Bay itself as well as the 1 million acres of land that surround and drain into the Bay. In 2015, the Estuary Program celebrated 30 years of successful nature protection and wildlife conservation of the Narragansett Bay watershed.

Serving as a catalyst in the watershed, we work to attract and direct federal and other resources to build needed scientific information. This helps inform the public and policy makers, convene collaborative work-groups around key issues, and support local and grassroots-level organizations. Using skills in science, policy, and management, the Estuary Program seeks to address and advance key issues in the Narragansett Bay watershed.

Narragansett Bay Watershed map topography and watershed basins