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A volunteer displays plastic bottles and other debris during a Save The Bay cleanup.

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Monday, September 2, 2019

I recently found that one of the most gratifying ways to fight shoreline and ocean pollution is by getting my hands (gloved, of course) dirty. 

I recently found that one of the most gratifying ways to fight shoreline and ocean pollution is by getting my hands (gloved, of course) dirty.  ...Read More

Topher Hamblett testifying at the statehouse

2019 Legislative Update: Missed Opportunities for the Ocean State

Monday, July 1, 2019

LEGISLATIVE WRAP UP: A Year of Missed Opportunities The Rhode Island General Assembly’s 2019 session has come to a close. Save The Bay pushed tirelessly for legislation to reduce plastics pollution, protect the watershed from irresponsible large-scale solar development, and help fund climate adaptation and resilience projects. In the end, the General Assembly did not … Read More

LEGISLATIVE WRAP UP: A Year of Missed Opportunities The Rhode Island General Assembly’s 2019 session has come to a close. Save The Bay pushed tirelessly for legislation to reduce plastics... ...Read More

New Public Pier open at Fields Point

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

New Public Pier at Fields Point offers kayaking, touch-and-go docking, fishing and bird watching by Cindy Sabato, director of communications Mother Nature gave Save The Bay a sweet 50th anniversary gift on May 20. It was the first beautiful, sunny, warm day of the season, and it happened to the be the day we cut … Read More

New Public Pier at Fields Point offers kayaking, touch-and-go docking, fishing and bird watching by Cindy Sabato, director of communications Mother Nature gave Save The Bay a sweet 50th anniversary... ...Read More

NBEP workshop highlights efforts to improve Blackstone River and its watershed

Narragansett Bay Estuary Program workshop highlights efforts to improve Blackstone River and its watershed

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The first known water quality complaints about the Blackstone River emerged in 1719, and by 1990 it was deemed “the most polluted river in the country.” But on April 29th, many of those who have contributed to improvement in the Blackstone met to discuss successes, strategies and plans for continued improvement.

The first known water quality complaints about the Blackstone River emerged in 1719, and by 1990 it was deemed "the most polluted river in the country." But on April 29th,... ...Read More

Brayton Point Cooling Tower implosions. Photo by Karyn Jimenez-Elliot

The end of the coal era in the Narragansett Bay watershed

Monday, April 29, 2019

The end of the coal era in the Narragansett Bay watershed by Mike Jarbeau, Narragansett Baykeeper As we often say at Save The Bay, some of the greatest victories take the most time. On Saturday, the implosion of the Brayton Point’s twin cooling towers placed an exclamation point on the end of the coal era … Read More

The end of the coal era in the Narragansett Bay watershed by Mike Jarbeau, Narragansett Baykeeper As we often say at Save The Bay, some of the greatest victories take... ...Read More

Jed Thorp, Advocacy Coordinator

Meet Jed Thorp: Coordinating community advocacy efforts for the Bay

Monday, April 1, 2019

Meet Jed Thorp: Coordinating community advocacy efforts for the Bay Jed Thorp joins Save The Bay as our first advocacy coordinator. He grew up in Ohio, but fell in love with Narragansett Bay shortly after moving to Rhode Island in 2013. He spent the last four years at The Public’s Radio 89.3FM, Rhode Island’s NPR … Read More

Meet Jed Thorp: Coordinating community advocacy efforts for the Bay Jed Thorp joins Save The Bay as our first advocacy coordinator. He grew up in Ohio, but fell in love... ...Read More

Pawcatuck River at the site of the old White Rock Dam

Victory for the Wood-Pawcatuck River Watershed

Monday, April 1, 2019

Victory for the Wood-Pawcatuck River Watershed by South County Coastkeeper David Prescott The greatest victories are not won overnight. They take time, the strength of many partners and a positive attitude to bring about change. After more than a decade, I am happy to report another significant win for our local waters—a win that guarantees … Read More

Victory for the Wood-Pawcatuck River Watershed by South County Coastkeeper David Prescott The greatest victories are not won overnight. They take time, the strength of many partners and a positive... ...Read More

Bird School student with spider crabs

A Trip to the Bottom of the Bay

Monday, April 1, 2019

Save The Bay’s education programs make Narragansett Bay available to every student in the watershed, many who would be unlikely to visit the coast otherwise, like this group from the Bird School in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Save The Bay’s education programs make Narragansett Bay available to every student in the watershed, many who would be unlikely to visit the coast otherwise, like this group from the... ...Read More

Protect Areas of Environmental Concern

Help Us Protect Areas of Environmental Concern: Improve R.I. House Bill 5789

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Stand with Save the Bay and let your legislators know that Rhode Island should not incentivize energy development in areas of environmental concern! Ask them to improve R.I. House Bill 5789.

Stand with Save the Bay and let your legislators know that Rhode Island should not incentivize energy development in areas of environmental concern! Ask them to improve R.I. House Bill... ...Read More

BWET 360 High School student Jeymi

How Students at Two Local High Schools Tackle Plastics Pollution

Monday, March 4, 2019

If the early years of the plastics war had a mascot, it would have been bottled water. The early generation of environmentalists did their best to convince the public of the hazardous impacts of single-use plastic bottles, but the American obsession persisted. Now, plastic waste has polluted waters everywhere, including Narragansett Bay. And, since plastic can take hundreds of years to break down, the burden of managing this problem will fall on the youngest among us today—which is why Save The Bay puts fostering the next generation of Bay stewards at the forefront of its education  programs.

If the early years of the plastics war had a mascot, it would have been bottled water. The early generation of environmentalists did their best to convince the public of... ...Read More

Tributary river in a forest

As the red tail flies: the link between the Bay and the watershed forest

Thursday, February 28, 2019

As the red tail flies: the link between the Bay and the watershed forest by Kate McPherson, Narragansett Bay Riverkeeper Snow falls gently around the Narragansett Bay watershed; and the branches of the black oak, red maple and shagbark hickory are all bare. A month ago, despite the bitter cold, the white-breasted nuthatches in my … Read More

As the red tail flies: the link between the Bay and the watershed forest by Kate McPherson, Narragansett Bay Riverkeeper Snow falls gently around the Narragansett Bay watershed; and the... ...Read More

Newport Daily News photo of first Swim in 1977

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

What’s Your Property Value Flood Risk?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

A recent study found that 2.5 million properties in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine lost $403.1 million in appreciation value because of increased tidal flooding caused by sea level rise. In Rhode Island alone, higher tides have left coastal property appreciation values lagging behind other home appreciation by $44.7 million since 2005.

A recent study found that 2.5 million properties in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine lost $403.1 million in appreciation value because of increased tidal flooding caused by sea... ...Read More

Volunteer Danielle Perry

Danielle Perry: A South Coast Center Powerhouse Volunteer

Monday, February 11, 2019

Two years ago, Save The Bay gained an energetic, determined volunteer in Danielle Perry, who spends her time working with children and doing research at Save The Bay’s South Coast Center in Westerly.

Two years ago, Save The Bay gained an energetic, determined volunteer in Danielle Perry, who spends her time working with children and doing research at Save The Bay’s South Coast... ...Read More

West Warwick Wastewater Treatment Plant during the 2010 Floods

To DEM: Reduce pollution by wastewater treatment facilities

Monday, February 4, 2019

Save The Bay is reviewing discharge permits for three of Rhode Island’s larger wastewater treatment facilities that are up for renewal by DEM. We are advocating that these permits be revised with stricter nitrogen limits, to continue progression toward meeting water quality standards in Narragansett Bay.

Save The Bay is reviewing discharge permits for three of Rhode Island’s larger wastewater treatment facilities that are up for renewal by DEM. We are advocating that these permits be... ...Read More

Harbor seal in beach surf

Counting Seals for 25 Years

Monday, February 4, 2019

Of all the volunteer projects I manage at Save The Bay, the Narragansett Bay Seal Monitoring program is one of my favorites. Harbor seals are not only adorable and fascinating, they are a terrific success story of environmental protection. Monitoring them is fun for volunteers and the observations are essential for understanding seal activity in the Bay.

Of all the volunteer projects I manage at Save The Bay, the Narragansett Bay Seal Monitoring program is one of my favorites. Harbor seals are not only adorable and fascinating,... ...Read More

Sunflower With Bumble Bee

Bay-Friendly Living Protects the Bees and the Bay

Monday, January 28, 2019

Bay-Friendly Living Protects Bees and the Bay The full force of winter is still upon us, but spring gardening season will be here before we know it. In our Bay-Friendly Living Guide, we give you some yard care tips that will save you money and time, while also saving our precious Narragansett Bay. But many … Read More

Bay-Friendly Living Protects Bees and the Bay The full force of winter is still upon us, but spring gardening season will be here before we know it. In our Bay-Friendly... ...Read More

Westerly Town Beach Erosion

Saving The Bay at the Statehouse

Monday, January 21, 2019

This legislative session, Save The Bay will continue to advocate for laws that protect Narragansett Bay, Little Narragansett Bay, our coasts and our watershed; push our priorities; be on the lookout for new threats; and focus on three major issues: climate change, plastics pollution and the improvement of the Coastal Resources Management Council.

This legislative session, Save The Bay will continue to advocate for laws that protect Narragansett Bay, Little Narragansett Bay, our coasts and our watershed; push our priorities; be on the... ...Read More

Microplastics Trawl

Trawling for Microplastics

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Trawling for Microplastics by Save The Bay Waterkeepers Mike Jarbeau, Kate McPherson, David Prescott We’ve all heard the stories and seen the pictures of giant mats of plastic trash floating in our oceans. But it’s not just an issue in faraway oceans on the other side of the globe. Plastic trash litters our own coasts … Read More

Trawling for Microplastics by Save The Bay Waterkeepers Mike Jarbeau, Kate McPherson, David Prescott We’ve all heard the stories and seen the pictures of giant mats of plastic trash floating... ...Read More

Hog Island Dredge Site

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

*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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