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Narragansett Bay Estuary Program a recipient of a 2015 Environmental Merit Award from EPA New England

For more than thirty years, EPA's Environmental Merit Award program has honored those who have made outstanding contributions on behalf of the region's public health and natural environment. On April 22nd, EPA New England recognized the work of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program and the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program to help launch EPA's new coastal watershed program – the Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program. An Environmental Merit Award was presented to Tom Borden, program director of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program; Joe Costa, executive director of the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program; and Heather Radcliffe, project officer for the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission. EPA New England noted “their dedicated and efficient collaboration” to help launch this new program that is designed to protect and restore the coastal watersheds in southeast New England. See the photo below of recipients below with EPA New England’s regional administrator Curt Spalding; deputy regional administrator Deborah Szaro; Johanna Hunter, EPA Surface Water Branch; and regional counsel Carl Dierker. For more information, see the full listing of 2015 Environmental Merit Award Winners and EPA New England’s Press Release.


The 28th Issue of the Narragansett Bay Journal is Now Available!

The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program has released a special edition of the Narragansett Bay Journal, featuring a series of articles on Salt Marshes, one of the Bay’s most precious ecosystems.  The articles summarize scientific findings that were presented at an April 2014 conference at Save The Bay called “The Effects of Sea Level Rise to Rhode Island’s Salt Marshes.”  This issue also spotlights recent NBEP accomplishments including new Management Committee members, a new federal grant program focused on nutrient pollution, the 2014 Watershed Counts Report, and the development of the Science Advisory Committee. 

Download the newest edition of the Narragansett Bay Journal to stay informed on all issues concerning Narragansett Bay.  To sign up for updates regarding the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, email us at info@nbep.org!


Over $720,000 in Nutrient Management Grants awarded for the Narragansett Bay watershed
We are pleased to announce that more than $720,000 in grants will be going to six projects aimed at reducing nutrient pollution in the Narragansett Bay watershed. This grant program is funded through the Southeastern New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program, a partnership of more than 20 organizations collaborating to protect, enhance, and restore the waters along southeastern New England from Westerly, Rhode Island, to Pleasant Bay, Massachusetts.

The grants have been awarded to the following six projects:

  1. The City of Newport’s Source Water Phosphorus Reduction Feasibility Plan
  2. Mass Audubon’s Nutrient Reduction through Innovative Land Use Techniques  
  3. Northern Rhode Island Conservation District’s Moswansicut Reservoir Phosphorus Project   
  4. Save The Bay’s Ribbed Mussel Nutrient Bioextraction Pilot Project   
  5. The University of Rhode Island’s Optimizing Performance of Existing Onsite Wastewater Treatment     
  6. West Warwick’s Stormwater Utility Implementation and Hardig Brook Restoration.

See project descriptions.
See press release.

 

 

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