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

Save The Bay’s 2022 Legislative Priorities

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Save The Bay’s 2022 Legislative Priorities Jed Thorp, advocacy coordinator During the 2021 Rhode Island legislative session, several bills passed that were important to Narragansett Bay: the establishment of the Ocean State Climate Adaptation and Resilience Fund (OSCAR,) the passage of the Act on Climate, the banning of the intentional release of helium balloons, and … Read More

Save The Bay’s 2022 Legislative Priorities Jed Thorp, advocacy coordinator During the 2021 Rhode Island legislative session, several bills passed that were important to Narragansett Bay: the establishment of the... ...Read More

Seals—and Save The Bay Seal Tours—return to Newport

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

December-April, Save The Bay will run two types of tours around Newport harbor: a one-hour, boat-based seal tour, and a two-hour cruise including a stop at the Rose Island lighthouse grounds.

December-April, Save The Bay will run two types of tours around Newport harbor: a one-hour, boat-based seal tour, and a two-hour cruise including a stop at the Rose Island lighthouse... ...Read More

A narrow path between coastal shrubs leads to a rocky coastline. Water and waves are visible past the rocks, and a couple donning blue shirts sits with their backs to the camera, looking at the water.

Shoreline access, CRMC and land use: The latest House study commissions

Thursday, November 4, 2021

The 2021 legislative session produced three study commissions, all in the House of Representatives, that focus on issues that directly impact Narragansett Bay. For that reason, House Speaker Joe Shekarchi appointed Save The Bay to serve on each commission.

The 2021 legislative session produced three study commissions, all in the House of Representatives, that focus on issues that directly impact Narragansett Bay. For that reason, House Speaker Joe Shekarchi... ...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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