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: