It Took a Community to Get Here

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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...

I recall my father telling our family that he’d heard that a group of people was coming together to help clean the water. Although I didn’t really understand what these people were going to do, I know that father was quite excited about this organization called ‘Save The Bay.’ I often credit Save The Bay with the increase in property values around the water’s edge, because no one really sought to live by the water around here back then, as we do today.
Shawen Williams

Revisit Some of Your Favorite Memories of Narragansett Bay

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

Students on a boat-based marine science trip

Melissa Turner

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

During my first few years of teaching grade five in Newport, we would take out students out on a Save the Bay vessel to conduct water tests and trawl the bay. This trip sadly ended because we ran out of funding to support it. It was so disheartening as our students would come alive when … Read More

During my first few years of teaching grade five in Newport, we would take out students out on a Save the Bay vessel to conduct water tests and trawl the... ...Read More

Edgewood Yacht Club circa 1980s

Gidget Loomis

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

As a teen in the mid-60s my sister and I raced our BlueJay every single weekend at a regatta somewhere on the Bay. Predictably at each Edgewood regatta (Providence River just south of the STB headquarters) we would get into an argument over who would reach over the side to scrub off the brown oily … Read More

As a teen in the mid-60s my sister and I raced our BlueJay every single weekend at a regatta somewhere on the Bay. Predictably at each Edgewood regatta (Providence River... ...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

Headline from an old Bay Bulletin article: East Bay Communities Object to Dredging Plan

Improving Dredge Policy in Rhode Island

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Dredging can be a very damaging process, but done correctly with the environment in mind, it can benefit development projects. Save The Bay has fought to protect the Bay from dredge plans that would have damaged the environment for many years, and will continue to do so to protect the Bay and its habitats from being buried in sedimentary spoils.

Dredging can be a very damaging process, but done correctly with the environment in mind, it can benefit development projects. Save The Bay has fought to protect the Bay from... ...Read More

A flotilla of shellfisherman help fight the Quonset Megaport

Putting a Stop to that Big Parking Lot

Thursday, December 13, 2018

A fraction of the spoils of this dredge would fill in 500 acres—roughly 380 football fields—of the Bay around Quonset to create new land for pavement. The Draft Master Plan began to circulate in 1997, and Save The Bay caught wind of the impending disaster that could unfold if Quonset’s “megaport” became a reality.

A fraction of the spoils of this dredge would fill in 500 acres—roughly 380 football fields—of the Bay around Quonset to create new land for pavement. The Draft Master Plan... ...Read More

Many thanks to our generous 50th Anniversary sponsors:

 

Sage Family Foundation

 

 

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

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BCBSRI, a 50th anniversary sponsor

 

 

Thanks, Absolut!

MOO, one of our generous 50th anniversary sponsors

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

*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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