Tides Blog

BWET 360 High School student Jeymi

How Students at Two Local High Schools Tackles 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

ICC Trash Tally Sheet

The Problem with Plastics

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Problem With Plastics by Jonathan Stone, executive director, and Topher Hamblett, director of advocacy The cleanup of Narragansett Bay is a remarkable achievement that the people of Rhode Island and Massachusetts are rightfully proud of. Bay waters and beaches that were, just a generation ago, choked with raw sewage, industrial waste and other pollutants … Read More

A Nature Cruise on the Pawcatuck

Thursday, December 20, 2018

This nature cruise was my first time seeing a seal in the wild, and what an experience it was! The seal perched on a small rock in the middle of the river in the “banana pose”—with its head and back flippers into the air.

A rare calico lobster

The Many Colors of a Lobster

Monday, December 17, 2018

I am just amazed with how unique lobsters are, and as I think about the collection of Narragansett Bay lobsters at Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium, the obvious thing that grabs my attention is their rare colorations.

Save The Bay demonstration opposing Quonset megapart

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.


New Boat. Same Mission.

Monday, December 10, 2018

New Boat. Same Mission. by Mike Jarbeau, Narragansett Baykeeper When Save The Bay’s fleet of small boats is hauled out of the water this time of year for winterization, we try to ensure that at least one of our trailerable boats is ready to respond on the Bay if needed. And as we pulled Seaverge … Read More

Comb jellyfish tank

A Day at the Aquarium: Check that off the Bucket List

Thursday, December 6, 2018

For intern Chris Cassaday, working at the aquarium for a day was a childhood dream come true. “Even as I pursued an education in creative writing, my passion for marine biology never faded. One of my lifelong dreams was to work at an aquarium, and Save The Bay helped me cross that off my bucket list.”

Kate McPherson, Riverkeeper

This Riverkeeper is Passionate About All Things Upstream

Monday, December 3, 2018

Meet Kate McPherson, our new Riverkeeper. A lifelong Rhode Islander who grew up fishing with her dad, this wetlands ecologist hails from North Smithfield, in the Branch River Watershed, and now lives in Harmony, in the Woonasquatucket River Watershed.

Save The Bay Membership and Individual Giving Manager Jackie Carlson with her family on a seal tour

What Our Members Mean

Thursday, November 29, 2018

What Our Members Mean by Jackie Carlson, membership and individual giving manager Save The Bay has been a member-based organization since 1970. What that means to us as an organization is that our members are critical to our efforts to protect and improve Narragansett Bay. What that mean to me, in my position as membership … 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.