Save The Bay’s 2020 Legislative Priorities

Save The Bay’s 2020 Legislative Priorities

by Jed Thorp, advocacy coordinator

The content below will be updated as the session continues. Check back often for the latest updates. Version edited January 6, 2020.

The 2020 Legislative Session has begun at the Rhode Island State House and, as in past years, Save The Bay will be working hard to ensure the General Assembly takes steps to improve and protect Narragansett Bay. Below are our top priorities for the coming months:


Establish the OSCAR Fund
Our top legislative priority will again be to establish a permanent fund to help Rhode Island adapt to the impacts of climate change. Cities and towns throughout the state need help dealing with problems like sea level rise, coastal erosion, increased storm intensity and flooding and storm surge. Save The Bay supports the creation of the Ocean State Climate Adaptation and Resilience Fund (or “OSCAR”) which would be funded through a new five-cents-per-barrel fee on petroleum imported into the state by ship. OSCAR would provide direct grants to cities and towns to adapt infrastructure on public lands and enhance natural systems and habitats to improve resilience.


Support Environmental Bonds
We expect the Governor’s budget will again propose putting an environmental bond before the voters in the fall to funds things like clean water improvements and open space protection. Save The Bay feels strongly that bond monies should also be included for the removal of high hazard dams which could improve public safety and also improve the ecological function of the state’s rivers and streams.


Funding for Environmental Agencies
Lastly, we always take a close look at the sections of the Governor’s budget that pertain to the Department of Environmental Management and the Coastal Resources Management Council. These agencies are instrumental in protecting Narragansett Bay, but funding for them has has generally declined in recent years. Save The Bay will advocate to ensure the DEM and CRMC have the resources they need to do their important work.


Save The Bay recognizes that the strength of our advocacy efforts are members and supporters like you. If you haven’t yet, we invite you to subscribe to VoterVoice, our Action Alert platform, to stay up-to-date on ways you can make your voice heard.



Questions? Want to learn more about Save The Bay’s legislative priorities? Contact Jed Thorp at or 401-272-3540 x113. 

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.


July 7, 2020

Dear Friends, Supporters and Community Members, 

At this time, Save The Bay’s facilities in Providence, Newport and Westerly remain closed to the public in response to COVID-19. All internship and public programs remain suspended at this time.

Save The Bay has begun to post limited volunteer opportunities with new procedures for the health and safety of volunteers. Pre-registration is required. Learn more at

Our staff remains dedicated to working on our mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay from home. As always, we are accessible via email (listed on our website), or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.