Invest in the Bay and beyond; Vote YES on Question 2

Invest in the Bay and beyond:

Vote YES on Question 2


UPDATE: On March 2, 2021, Rhode Island voters once again overwhelmingly approved investments in clean water, beaches, parks and open spaces. THANK YOU, voters, for saying YES to Question 2!

Rhode Island is holding a special election on March 2, 2021 on a series of proposed bonds, including the “Beach, Clean Water & Green” Bond. If approved by the voters, the bond (Question 2 on the ballot) would invest $74 million in clean water infrastructure, helping communities prepare for climate change, and improvements at Rhode Island state parks and beaches.

Save The Bay is proud to join a coalition of environmental groups and agencies seeking to raise awareness about the election and encouraging voters to vote yes on Question 2. If you missed the Yes on 2 virtual kick-off event on February 2, you can catch it here to hear from state leaders and other Question 2 supporters!

Participating in the March 2 election

Voting by mail
is the easiest and most convenient way to vote yes on Question 2. If you requested and received a mail ballot application, you can return your completed mail ballot by:

  • Dropping it in the mail. Completed ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on March 2.
    Please place ballots in the mail by February 23 to ensure they are received on time!
  • Dropping it off at an official ballot drop box through March 2.

Voters also have the option to:

  • Vote in person early at your local City or Town Hall from Feb. 10 – March 1.
  • Vote in person on Election Day, March 2.
    Please note: a very limited number of in-person polling locations will be open on March 2.

Breaking Down the Bond

The $74 million Beach, Clean Water & Green Bond includes:

  • $33 million for state parks, beaches, and campgrounds
  • $15 million for drinking water and clean water (upgrades to drinking and wastewater treatment facilities, CSO prevention, stormwater management, etc.)
  • $7 million for municipal resilience (matching funds for towns and cities to improve municipal climate resilience)
  • $6 million for additional dredging in the Providence River
  • $4 million for parks on the former I-195 properties in Providence
  • $4 million for local recreation grants (community parks and recreation facilities)
  • $3 million for natural and working lands (forest and farmland preservation)
  • $2 million grant for the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council

For more updates about Question 2, follow the Yes on 2 Coalition on Facebook or visit the website at For up-to-date election information, visit the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s website at

The Yes on 2 Coalition partners include: Save The Bay, Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, the Nature Conservancy, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Clean Water Action, the Rhode Island Land Trust Council, the Environment Council of Rhode Island, the Providence Foundation, and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

*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.