The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program has developed a draft status and trends Technical Report, the “State of the Bay and its Watershed”. This Technical Report assesses 24 individual indicators throughout the Bay and its watershed based on the best available science and current research efforts. Individual chapters of the draft Technical Report will be made available to download, please click the links to each individual chapter below. Public comment on these chapters will be encouraged through the close of business on Monday, May 22nd.
The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program will be holding two public hearing meetings, one in Rhode Island and one in Massachusetts. The Estuary Program will provide an overview of the Technical Report and there will be an opportunity for questions and comments.
- The Rhode Island public meeting will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017 starting at 4:00 PM until end of comments and will be held in room 280C at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management headquarters, located at 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908.
- The Massachusetts public meeting will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017 starting at 4:00 PM until end of comments and will be held at the Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center, located at 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester, MA 01604.
Comments on the draft Technical Report may be submitted to the Estuary Program by emailing comments to: email@example.com. Track changes in the word document are best.
For more information, view the public notice here.
|Category||Stressor & Indicator Type||Chapter||Word Document|
|Bay and Watershed Stressors|
|Landscape Stressors||Population||Population (PDF)||Population (Word)|
|Landscape Stressors||Land Use||Land Use (PDF)||Land Use (Word)|
|Landscape Stressors||Impervious Cover||Impervious Cover (PDF)||Impervious Cover (Word)|
|Landscape Stressors||Nutrient Loading||Nutrient Loading (PDF)||Nutrient Loading (Word)|
|Landscape Stressors||Wastewater Infrastructure||Wastewater Infrastructure (PDF)||Wastewater Infrastructure (Word)|
|Climate Change Stressors||Temperature||Temperature (PDF)||Temperature (Word)|
|Climate Change Stressors||Precipitation||Precipitation (PDF)||Precipitation (Word)|
|Climate Change Stressors||Sea Level||Sea Level (PDF)||Sea Level (Word)|
|Chemical Stressors||Legacy Contaminants|
|Chemical Stressors||Emerging Contaminants||Emerging Contaminants (PDF)||Emerging Contaminants (Word)|
|Indicators of Ecosystem Condition|
|Bay Ecosystem Indicators||Seagrasses||Seagrasses (PDF)||Seagrasses (Word)|
|Bay Ecosystem Indicators||Salt Marsh||Salt Marsh (PDF)||Salt Marsh (Word)|
|Bay Ecosystem Indicators||Benthic Habitat||Benthic Habitat (PDF)||Benthic Habitat (Word)|
|Bay Ecosystem Indicators||Dissolved Oxygen||Dissolved Oxygen (PDF)||Dissolved Oxygen (Word)|
|Bay Ecosystem Indicators||Chlorophyll||Chlorophyll (PDF)||Chlorophyll (Word)|
|Bay Ecosystem Indicators||Water Clarity||Water Clarity (PDF)||Water Clarity (Word)|
|Bay Ecosystem Indicators||Estuarine Fish Communities||Estuarine Fish Communities (PDF)||Estuarine Fish Communities (Word)|
|Watershed Ecosystem Indicators||Stream Invertebrates||Stream Invertebrates (PDF)||Stream Invertebrates (Word)|
|Watershed Ecosystem Indicators||Freshwater Fish Communities||Freshwater Fish Communities (PDF)||Freshwater Fish Communities (Word)|
|Watershed Ecosystem Indicators||Water Quality Conditions for Aquatic Life||Water Quality Conditions for Aquatic Life (PDF)||Water Quality Conditions for Aquatic Life (Word)|
|Watershed Ecosystem Indicators||Open Space||Open Space (PDF)||Open Space (Word)|
|Indicators of Public Health|
|Indicators of Public Health||Marine Beaches||Marine Beaches (PDF)||Marine Beaches (Word)|
|Indicators of Public Health||Water Quality Conditions for Recreation||Water Quality Conditions for Recreation (PDF)||Water Quality Conditions for Recreation (Word)|
|Indicators of Public Health||Shellfishing Areas||Shellfishing Areas (PDF)||Shellfishing Areas (Word)|