Technical Report

The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program has developed a draft technical report, the “State of Narragansett 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 are available to download, please click the links to each individual chapter below.

The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program held four public meetings on April 24 (Providence), April 27 (Worcester), May 15 (Providence), and May 18 (Taunton). At these meetings, the Estuary Program provided an overview of the draft Technical Report and solicited feedback from the public. In addition, the Estuary Program received extensive public comment.

The Estuary Program is presently revising the draft Technical Report based on public feedback. 

CategoryStressor & Indicator TypeChapterPDFWord Document
Bay and Watershed Stressors
Landscape StressorsPopulationPopulation (PDF)Population (Word)
Landscape StressorsLand UseLand Use (PDF)Land Use (Word)
Landscape StressorsImpervious CoverImpervious Cover (PDF)Impervious Cover (Word)
Landscape StressorsNutrient LoadingNutrient Loading (PDF)Nutrient Loading (Word)
Landscape StressorsWastewater InfrastructureWastewater Infrastructure (PDF)Wastewater Infrastructure (Word)
Climate Change StressorsTemperatureTemperature (PDF)Temperature (Word)
Climate Change StressorsPrecipitationPrecipitation (PDF)Precipitation (Word)
Climate Change StressorsSea LevelSea Level (PDF)Sea Level (Word)
Chemical StressorsLegacy Contaminants
Chemical StressorsEmerging ContaminantsEmerging Contaminants (PDF)Emerging Contaminants (Word)
Indicators of Ecosystem Condition
Bay Ecosystem IndicatorsSeagrassesSeagrasses (PDF)Seagrasses (Word)
Bay Ecosystem IndicatorsSalt MarshSalt Marsh (PDF)Salt Marsh (Word)
Bay Ecosystem IndicatorsBenthic HabitatBenthic Habitat (PDF)Benthic Habitat (Word)
Bay Ecosystem IndicatorsDissolved OxygenDissolved Oxygen (PDF)Dissolved Oxygen (Word)
Bay Ecosystem IndicatorsChlorophyllChlorophyll (PDF)Chlorophyll (Word)
Bay Ecosystem IndicatorsWater ClarityWater Clarity (PDF)Water Clarity (Word)
Bay Ecosystem IndicatorsEstuarine Fish CommunitiesEstuarine Fish Communities (PDF)Estuarine Fish Communities (Word)
Watershed Ecosystem IndicatorsStream InvertebratesStream Invertebrates (PDF)Stream Invertebrates (Word)
Watershed Ecosystem IndicatorsFreshwater Fish CommunitiesFreshwater Fish Communities (PDF)Freshwater Fish Communities (Word)
Watershed Ecosystem IndicatorsWater Quality Conditions for Aquatic LifeWater Quality Conditions for Aquatic Life (PDF)Water Quality Conditions for Aquatic Life (Word)
Watershed Ecosystem IndicatorsOpen SpaceOpen Space (PDF)Open Space (Word)
Indicators of Public Health
Indicators of Public HealthMarine BeachesMarine Beaches (PDF)Marine Beaches (Word)
Indicators of Public HealthWater Quality Conditions for RecreationWater Quality Conditions for Recreation (PDF)Water Quality Conditions for Recreation (Word)
Indicators of Public HealthShellfishing AreasShellfishing Areas (PDF)Shellfishing Areas (Word)

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