The draft Technical Report of the State of Narragansett Bay and its Watershed is available for review and comment until May 22nd, all comments are welcomed! See: "State of the Bay & its Watershed > Technical Report" for more information

Research and Education

Narragansett Bay Education, Photo: Save the Bay

Narragansett Bay Education, Photo: Save the Bay

Research and education is critical for understanding and alerting the public about the Narragansett Bay watershed and what can be done to restore and protect this valuable resource. These projects will allow nonprofits and other outreach groups to spread knowledge and awareness about various issues in the watershed. The Estuary Program and NEIWPCC have funded the following research and education projects:

  • The University of Rhode Island’s Laboratory of Soil Ecology and Microbiology is conducting research on Optimizing Performance of Existing Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems. URI’s project goal is to optimize the performance of existing onsite wastewater treatment systems within the greater Narragansett Bay watershed to reduce nitrogen inputs. To achieve this goal, URI will collect data on effluent nitrogen levels and develop a statistical model to help service providers optimize nitrogen removal.
  • Save The Bay is conducting a Ribbed Mussel Nutrient Bioextraction Pilot Project to study how ribbed mussels remove nutrient pollution in upper Narragansett Bay. Using three different techniques for growing ribbed mussels, Save The Bay is analyzing the mussels’ efficiency in removing nutrients. Through analysis of water samples, the project will measure the rates of nutrient bioextraction.
  • Save The Bay is also developing a public education and awareness campaign focusing on the water quality and water supplies for the 67,000 residents of Aquidneck Island. Save the Bay’s communications staff will develop content for Bay Friendly Living, a publication for residents and businesses on Aquidneck Island. See the blog posts by Save The Bay.
  • The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council is creating a public school curriculum for 4th graders, Trout in the Classroom, with a focus on stormwater discharges to restore the urban sections of the Woonasquatucket River and Narragansett Bay. This education project will also include public art with North Providence High School designing storm drain paintings and murals and youth leadership development for high school students in science education at the Met School in Providence.

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