Our Work in Newport County

Save The Bay’s work is rooted in Newport County.

Photo of 1970 Life Magazine article about Save The Bay's first battle
In 1971, LIFE magazine printed a feature story about the brave decision by the Town of Tiverton to reject a proposed oil refinery along its shores. Several members of this community joined forces with others from Jamestown to form Save The Bay in 1970.

You could say that Newport County was the birthplace of the citizens’ movement to protect Narragansett Bay. That movement began in 1956, when 17 residents of Jamestown mobilized to defeat a proposed oil refinery on the north end of Conanicut Island. In the summer of 1970, a similar battle was waged in Tiverton by “Save Our Community,” whose members tapped the expertise of the people of Jamestown. And when that proposal was defeated, the two groups came together and created Save The Bay to serve as a statewide watchdog advocating for the best interests of the Bay and the people who depend on it.

Since then, Save The Bay’s presence and work in Newport County has been a constant. After all, with its treasured beaches, salt marshes, undeveloped open spaces, and stunning water views, Newport County is ideal for enjoying Narragansett Bay in every way possible.

Save The Bay is working near you!

Whether you’re looking to lend a hand as a volunteer or are simply looking for a fun outing for the whole family, Save The Bay is working nearby and offers plenty of ways to get involved!

Volunteer Opportunities

Events & Activities

Newport County highlighted in the Narragansett Bay watershed.
Newport County highlighted in the Narragansett Bay watershed.

327

Newport County students

engaged in marine science and environmental education programs last year

In 2019, our Exploration Center and Aquarium served

30,773

guests in Newport

2,700

visitors

ventured out with us on our Newport Seal Tours last year

Stories and News for Newport County

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Registration opens for R.I.’s only cross-Bay swim

Monday, April 11, 2022

Save The Bay opens registration for the annual Swim on Monday, April 11. The event challenges skilled swimmers to a two-mile, cross-Bay swim from Newport to Jamestown.

Save The Bay opens registration for the annual Swim on Monday, April 11. The event challenges skilled swimmers to a two-mile, cross-Bay swim from Newport to Jamestown. ...Read More

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Save The Bay and shoreline access advocates call for a House vote in support of H.8055

Friday, April 8, 2022

Save The Bay, state representatives, legal and science experts, and shoreline access advocates call for a House vote in support of H.8055 PROVIDENCE, R.I. – April 8, 2022 – Following Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on H.8055—a bill that would clarify where Rhode Islanders can exercise their constitutional right to the shore—shoreline access advocates and … Read More

Save The Bay, state representatives, legal and science experts, and shoreline access advocates call for a House vote in support of H.8055 PROVIDENCE, R.I. – April 8, 2022 – Following... ...Read More

Over The Years

Explore Save the Bay's history of work in Newport County

*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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