Bay Defense

Bay Defense

A Save The Bay 50th Anniversary Campaign giving priority

GOAL: $2.0 million
PURPOSE: Create a rapid response fund for environmental threats

We know from Save The Bay’s nearly 50 years of advocacy work, that serious environmental threats arise suddenly, without warning, and with alarming frequency. The Bay Defense Fund will allow Save The Bay to respond rapidly to extraordinary environmental challenges.

These challenges include everything from natural weather events, to oil spills and industrial pollution, to misguided legislation and ill-conceived coastal development proposals. Recent examples include: the Hess LNG terminal proposal, Superstorm Sandy which decimated our aquarium, blatant pollution of the Providence River by Rhode Island Recycled Metals, a ProvPort expansion plan that included the filling of 31 acres of the Providence River, and various other development proposals that have surfaced at the Coastal Resources Management Council.

Save The Bay will draw upon the Bay Defense Fund as needed to marshal necessary resources at a moment’s notice. For example:

  • Special Projects such as water quality testing, research, or legal support.
  • Emergency Response, such as storm damage assessment and recovery, oil spill response, environmental permit reviews or enforcement activities.
  • Targeted Communications, such as advocacy campaigns, voter education and public awareness efforts.
  • Additional Staff Capacity or contracted support, when appropriate, to address urgent advocacy goals.

About Save The Bay’s 50th Anniversary Campaign

Our comprehensive 50th Anniversary Campaign will position Save The Bay to lead the continued cleanup of Narragansett Bay into the next half-century. The campaign is built around four core elements, each one designed to strengthen our capacity, flexibility and financial foundation to persevere in combating emerging environmental threats and sustain our strategic commitment to future generations:

Learn about the Campaign


*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 11, 2021

Dear Friends, Supporters and Community Members, 

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

The Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport reopened Monday, July 5, with new hours and visiting procedures in place.

Save The Bay is offering volunteer and internship opportunities with new policies and procedures for the health and safety of all involved.

Our staff continues to protect and improve Narragansett Bay, working both remotely and on-site. If you have any questions, you can contact us by phone (401-272-3540) or email (, or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.