Bob Aldrich, winner of the 2017 Alison J. Walsh Award for Outstanding Environmental Advocacy

2017 Alison J. Walsh Award for Outstanding Environmental Advocacy

Bob Aldrich of Bristol, R.I.

President of Save Bristol Harbor

Bob Aldrich, shown here fishing, was awarded the 2017 Alison J. Walsh Award for Outstanding Environmental Advocacy.
Bob Aldrich, president of Save Bristol Harbor, was awarded the 2017 Alison J. Walsh Award for Outstanding Environmental Advocacy.

Bob Aldrich is president of Save Bristol Harbor, a non-profit organization that has been actively protecting Bristol Harbor, Narragansett Bay and Mt. Hope Bay for 15 years. Under Aldrich’s leadership, Save Bristol Harbor has maintained numerous all-volunteer programs focused on educating the public and enlisting the help of community members in protecting these natural waterways. Also under his leadership, the organization built a predictive habitat model, in collaboration with the University of Rhode Island (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography, that is recognized and used by the Bristol Harbor Commission to predict waterfront development impacts on the harbor. The former Raytheon executive also has participated in the URI Watershed Watch Program for seven years, leads a group of volunteers who teach fourth-graders in the Bristol Warren Regional School District about the Narragansett Bay watershed, and continues to teach local high school students about the watershed and how to protect it through Save The Bay’s field studies program with Mount Hope High School. In his nomination of Aldrich, Keith Maloney said Aldrich “is a most deserving individual who deserves recognition for all he has done and is doing to protect our local waters.”

*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.