Protecting Habitats and Wildlife
What happens upstream doesn’t stay upstream. The economic, recreational, and aesthetic value of Narragansett Bay depends on healthy rivers and smaller tributaries that flow in the Bay from miles away and on healthy coastal habitats that enhance water quality and support marine life at water’s edge.
Fish, shellfish and other marine life depend on thriving marshes and eelgrass. These important habitats depend on clean water, and water in the Bay comes from miles and miles upstream in the rivers and other tributaries that flow into it. All of us who live, recreate and rely on Narragansett Bay also depend on healthy habitat and wildlife.
Salt marshes, dunes, vegetated uplands, and forested areas are coastal buffers that provide a natural barrier between human activities and the coastline. Beaches and dunes play an important role in protecting our coastline from flooding, while beaches provide important public shoreline access and wildlife habitat. Salt Marshes are highly productive ecosystems that protect upland shorelines, filter pollution, and provide a nursery for juvenile fish. Eelgrass is a submerged aquatic plant that provides a nursery habitat for fish and shellfish. Rivers and estuaries provide freshwater into the Bay…
Unfortunately, they are all threatened by poor water quality, climate change and human activity.