Water Pollution

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Pollution harms our Bay

Water pollution harms Narragansett Bay's waters and marine life, and the people who depend on it for their livelihood and quality of life.The major sources of pollution are wastewater treatment plants, cesspools and septic systems, and stormwater runoff that carries pollution from the land and into our waters.  

Beach and shellfish bed closures

The pollution from these sources pose risks to public health and lead to the closing of swimming beaches and shellfish beds. Stormwater also carries pet and animal waste from the land into the water, and can cause beach and shellfish bed closures.  Local businesses that depend on a clean bay suffer, as does our quality of life.  

Nutrient overload

Wastewater treatment systems and stormwater runoff also overload Narragansett Bay and coastal waters with nutrients, most notably nitrogen and phosphorus. While nutrients are essential for marine life, excessive amounts can cloud the water and lower oxygen levels, causing fish kills and the loss of habitats such as eelgrass

Toxic pollution

Narragansett Bay and the rivers of its watershed have also suffered from two hundred years of toxic pollution from industries, wastewater treatment plants, and stormwater runoff.  

We advocate for Narragansett Bay

Save The Bay has championed the cleanup of Narragansett Bay by advocating - through public campaigns, legislation, bond referenda, and legal action - the construction and upgrade of wastewater treatment plants and septic systems, elimination of cesspools, and investments in stormwater control projects. Pollution, especially in urban waters, has been greatly reduced but we have a long way to go.

Little Narragansett Bay

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