Saving The Bay has always been a community effort.

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Would you believe, Save The Bay turns 50 in 2020?! When Save The Bay got started, we were the offshoot of an internationally-recognized victory by Save Our Community to defeat the locating of an oil refinery in Tiverton. Bookies were making bets that this little group wouldn’t last longer than six months. But John Scanlon, our first executive director, and his active Board went public and collected signatures from anyone who would sign the dotted line of commitment to Narragansett Bay. The group grew, from seven, to 7,000, and then 20,000. People who loved the Bay and knew how important it is to the state joined. The rest is history.

Saving the Bay has always been a community effort. We invite YOU to join our celebration of events between now and October 2020. Read community members’ favorite stories and memories of Narragansett Bay—and share your own. And revisit some of our historic victories. Come back to this site between now and the end of 2020 as we update it with new stories, photos, events, and more!

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Narragansett Bay In Your Words...

Everybody should be able to use the Bay, from the fisherman to the tourist. So many people depend on the Bay for their living, but also just to be able to take a walk and not see garbage. We need organizations like Save The Bay. We need somebody there to make sure the next generation is protected.
Diana Oehrli

Revisit Some of Your Favorite Memories of Narragansett Bay

Allan Gadoury holding two fish.

Fishing Memories from the 50s

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Fishing Memories from the 50s My first experience in the Bay was in the 50s, digging quahogs with my family. Then my brothers and I graduated to fishing for flatfish and blues. No summer flounder were about. Striped bass were a mythical creature we only read about in the weekly fishing report. We always caught … Read More

Fishing Memories from the 50s My first experience in the Bay was in the 50s, digging quahogs with my family. Then my brothers and I graduated to fishing for flatfish... ...Read More

Riding the Ferry

Monday, January 13, 2020

Riding The Ferry I grew up in Newport and would ride the ferry several times a week when I was a child from the early 50s to the early 60s. I would actually ride with the captain in the wheelhouse. I became a ship captain myself because of it. The ferry pictured is the newer … Read More

Riding The Ferry I grew up in Newport and would ride the ferry several times a week when I was a child from the early 50s to the early 60s.... ...Read More

Schoolchildren aboard the Education Vessel Alletta Morris in 2005

A teacher and her 700 students

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

A teacher and her 700 students During my many years of teaching, over 30 of my classes participated in Save the Bay’s floating classroom aboard the M/V Alletta Morris. Over 700 of my students, of all abilities, learned about Narragansett Bay and its sea life by using scientific equipment and specialized nets. By the end … Read More

A teacher and her 700 students During my many years of teaching, over 30 of my classes participated in Save the Bay’s floating classroom aboard the M/V Alletta Morris. Over... ...Read More

Kayaker on the water

Hidden Places

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Besides great open water, Narragansett Bay has many hidden places to explore in a kayak. This is my “RPM time” – not revolutions per minute but Reflection, Prayer, Meditation time. ~Joy Twelves   Back to Stories & Memories

Besides great open water, Narragansett Bay has many hidden places to explore in a kayak. This is my “RPM time” – not revolutions per minute but Reflection, Prayer, Meditation time.... ...Read More

Mackerel Cove, Jamestown RI, c 1877

80 Years of Memories

Monday, November 18, 2019

80 Years of Memories Narragansett Bay is a very special place for me. For more than 80 years, I have delighted in summer days there, staying at the waterfront family cottage in Jamestown. Swimming in the bay was (and is) my favorite activity there. Once I even swam in the bay from Dutch Island to … Read More

80 Years of Memories Narragansett Bay is a very special place for me. For more than 80 years, I have delighted in summer days there, staying at the waterfront family... ...Read More

Photo of Welcome to Harbour Island sign

Digging for Clams

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

My uncle had a home on the water on Harbor Island. We used to dig clams on the beach, dive for little necks in the black muck out in deeper water. Then in the evening we would build a fire on the beach and steam the clams in seaweed and eat the little necks on the half shell raw!

My uncle had a home on the water on Harbor Island. We used to dig clams on the beach, dive for little necks in the black muck out in deeper... ...Read More

Making the Ocean State a leader in recycling

Igniting Mandatory Statewide Recycling

Monday, January 6, 2020

As the state contemplated burning the problem, Save The Bay and other environmental groups pushed for a strong recycling solution.

As the state contemplated burning the problem, Save The Bay and other environmental groups pushed for a strong recycling solution. ...Read More

Opened the Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport

Friday, December 20, 2019

50 Ways We’ve Saved The Bay: Opened the Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport By Mackensie duPont Crowley, communications specialist Following years of advocacy and restoration work, Save The Bay’s education program, ‘Explore The Bay,’ was officially established in 1986. The following two decades brought phases of rapid development, including the addition of vessel family … Read More

50 Ways We’ve Saved The Bay: Opened the Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport By Mackensie duPont Crowley, communications specialist Following years of advocacy and restoration work, Save The Bay’s... ...Read More

Photo of volunteers transplanting eelgrass

Growing Community and Conversation with Eelgrass

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The resulting 10-year effort to restore critical eelgrass beds ignited the involvement of hundreds of community members in the betterment of our environment and elevated the long-term conversation about the need for continued water quality improvements in Narragansett Bay.

The resulting 10-year effort to restore critical eelgrass beds ignited the involvement of hundreds of community members in the betterment of our environment and elevated the long-term conversation about the... ...Read More

Political cartoon depicting a condo at Black Point

Battle for Black Point and Public Access

Monday, November 18, 2019

Save The Bay has stepped in to defend Rhode Islanders’ right to the get to the shoreline and to use it as prescribed by the state constitution and to protect public access from the barriers of erosion and hardening of the shoreline. But in 1985, we embarked on a heated, five-year battle against a condominium developer that would help define public access issues in Rhode Island for decades to come. 

Save The Bay has stepped in to defend Rhode Islanders' right to the get to the shoreline and to use it as prescribed by the state constitution and to protect... ...Read More

Newspaper clipping from 1971 about establishment of the CRMC

Establish a Coastal Resources Caretaker

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

50 Ways We’ve Saved The Bay: Establish a Coastal Resources Caretaker by Cindy Sabato, communications One of Save The Bay’s very first actions was advocating for the creation of a state agency to manage development along Rhode Island’s coastline in a way that would also protect our invaluable coastal lands and waters. We know this … Read More

50 Ways We’ve Saved The Bay: Establish a Coastal Resources Caretaker by Cindy Sabato, communications One of Save The Bay’s very first actions was advocating for the creation of a... ...Read More

Photo of Save The Bay Swim in the 1970s

Building the Swim Network

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Our community shows up to support our mission and answers our calls to action time and time again. The annual Swim is no exception—in fact, nowhere does the Save The Bay community show up in greater or more visible numbers.

Our community shows up to support our mission and answers our calls to action time and time again. The annual Swim is no exception—in fact, nowhere does the Save The... ...Read More

The Save The Bay Community Through The Years

The Save The Bay Community Through The Years

Many thanks to our generous 50th Anniversary sponsors:

 

Sage Family Foundation

 

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Thanks, Absolut!

 

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Thanks, Roger Williams University, for sponsoring our 50th anniversary celebration!

Many thank to Brown University for sponsoring our 50th Anniversary celebration

 

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BCBSRI, a 50th anniversary sponsor

 

MOO, one of our generous 50th anniversary sponsors

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*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.

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