[Source: EcoRI news]

By FRANK CARINI/ecoRI News staff

The first round of public meetings for the draft report on the status of Narragansett Bay generated important feedback. To encourage additional public comment, the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program has scheduled two additional public meetings.

The Rhode Island meeting is scheduled for May 15 at 4 p.m. in Room 280C at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management headquarters, 235 Promenade St. in Providence. The Massachusetts meeting is scheduled for May 18 at 4 p.m. at the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District, 88 Broadway in Taunton.

The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program’s draft report “State of the Bay and its Watershed” assesses 24 indicators throughout the bay and its watershed — some 60 percent of the watershed is in Massachusetts — based on best available science and current research efforts.

Public comments on the draft report will be accepted until the close of business May 22. Comments should be e-mailed to info@nbep.org. The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP) will revise and finalize the report and prepare a summary based on public feedback.

ecoRI News recently went through the report. Numerous indicators provide a glimpse into the health of the Narragansett Bay ecosystem. Here is a look at some detailed in the NBEP’s draft report….