The Baykeeper program is a national network of specialists with a passion for defending the environment and a devotion to working in their communities. Save The Bay Narragansett Baykeeper Tom Kutcher has been connected to the Bay and its watershed his entire life.
The "Eyes and Ears" of the Bay
Save The Bay launched the Narragansett Baykeeper program in 1993 to add direct action, legal and regulatory watchdogging and pollution response to the organization’s already strong advocacy programs. Designed to be the “eyes and ears” as well as the voice of Narragansett Bay, the Baykeeper program works to address environmental problems by fielding calls and issues from members of the Bay community.
Usually working alongside our government agencies, and sometimes at odds with them, our goal is to protect the Bay and its tributary rivers and to restore water quality, habitat and ecological health to the system. The Baykeeper is a person, a program and a boat. The boat gets attention, and people often associate the program with it.
While a key part of the program is a presence on the Bay, most of the work of cleaning up the Bay is done in meetings, out in the communities, on the telephone and behind the computer. We do manage to get out on the Bay and all over its shoreline throughout the year.
Want to report an oil spill, fish kill or other Bay-related problem? Contact Tom Kutcher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-272-3540, x116.
The Narragansett Baykeeper is a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance.