Save The Bay’s work is rooted in Newport County.
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, important salt marshes, undeveloped open spaces, marinas, and stunning water views, Newport County is ideal for enjoying Narragansett Bay in every way possible.