Institute teams with bi-state partnership to launch comprehensive report, website to foster public dialogue

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KINGSTON, R.I. – Sept. 30, 2019 – The Narragansett Bay Watershed is at a crossroad. State agencies, nonprofit organizations and individuals have ratcheted up efforts to maintain the health of the watershed, while at the same time its natural resources are threatened by a multitude of forces. Officials, regulators, planners and concerned citizens are regularly tasked with making effective decisions about the watershed by balancing economic and environmental concerns.

The University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute and its partners in Rhode Island and Massachusetts have teamed up to provide decision-makers with a trove of economic data resources – a comprehensive 267-page report detailing key industries in the watershed and an easy-to-use website – to inform public decisions on resources and uses of the Narragansett Bay Watershed. Data and information in the suite of science-based resources describe and illustrate the watershed’s economy.

“The Narragansett Bay and its watershed are critical to the Ocean State’s economic, environmental and social prosperity,” said Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “Thanks to this effort by URI’s Coastal Institute, both Rhode Island and Massachusetts now have access to a wide range of economic data about the watershed, helping us to improve how we use and manage shared resources for future generations.”

The Narragansett Bay Watershed Economy Project examines the watershed’s economic value through the lens of 13 key local industries driving more than $14 billion in revenue and expenditure, and supporting more than 97,000 full- and part-time jobs. The report is available online at www.nbweconomy.org.