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Two projects are under way in R.I. to raise salt marshes threatened by environmental change – January 15, 2017

Salt marsh erosion is prominent near the North Kingstown Town Beach, RI

[Source: Providence Journal, January 15, 2017]

Both projects will shed light on how best to protect marshes as polar ice caps melt, ocean waters warm and expand, and the pace of sea level rise picks up.

NARRAGANSETT – On a spongy spit of marshland on the Narrow River, excavators sit by a pile of sand and silt while workers tromp through the wet mix that sucks at their boots.

Seagulls pick out crabs and clams from the muddy stew that has been deposited from the river bed onto the salt marsh. The pungent smell of low tide hangs in the air.

“It’s a little too soupy to work with,” says Jennifer White, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, explaining the idle machinery.

Here, on the banks of this scenic river that meanders from North Kingstown to Narragansett Bay, construction crews are pumping thousands of cubic yards of dredged material on top of the marsh in an effort to elevate it above rising seas. A similar scene is playing out on a marsh along Ninigret Pond in Charlestown.

Both projects will shed light on how best to protect marshes as polar ice caps melt, ocean waters warm and expand, and the pace of sea level rise picks up….

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