“Saving Narragansett Bay”

Capturing Narragansett Bay’s History

The remarkable cleanup of Narragansett Bay has been referred to as a global success story. It has been an ongoing challenge, with victories won through hundreds of battles, big and small, and fought by impassioned community members.

As Save The Bay celebrates our 50th anniversary, we reflect on the work, effort, and commitment that led to both the founding of our organization, and to the cleanup of the beautiful Bay that is the very heart of our mission with Saving Narragansett Bay: How People, Passion, and Perseverance Made All The Difference.

Saving Narragansett Bay beautifully captures the battles, the stories, and the personalities that have fought to protect and improve Rhode Island’s greatest natural resource over the past five decades.

With a narrative crafted by local author, Todd McLeish, and stunning photography by iconic Rhode-Island-based photographers Onne van der Wal, Salvatore Mancini and Carmel Vitullo, this 10-chapter book belongs on every Narragansett-Bay-lover’s coffee table.

Accepting orders May 31, 2020.




May 31, 2020


Save The Bay


Todd McLeish


Onne van der Wal, Salvatore Mancini, Carmel Vitullo and more

Look Inside!

Enjoy a sneak peek of the contents of "Saving Narragansett Bay"

Saving Narragansett Bay - A Sneak Peek

*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.


May 8, 2020

Dear Friends, Supporters and Community Members, 

Save The Bay’s facilities in Providence, Newport and Westerly will remain closed until June 1 in response to COVID-19. All volunteer, internship and public programs will remain suspended during this time.

Our staff remains dedicated to working on our mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay from home. As always, we are accessible via email (listed on our website), or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

Students of all ages are invited to tune in to our Breakfast by the Bay live stream on Save The Bay’s Facebook page on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. Join us to learn about Bay species, habitats and more!

Unable to watch the video live? Catch the video later in the day on our Youtube page