What's New Around the Watershed?
Over $720,000 in Nutrient Management Grants awarded for the Narragansett Bay watershed
We are pleased to announce that more than $720,000 in grants will be going to six projects aimed at reducing nutrient pollution in the Narragansett Bay watershed. This grant program is funded through the Southeastern New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program, a partnership of more than 20 organizations collaborating to protect, enhance, and restore the waters along southeastern New England from Westerly, Rhode Island, to Pleasant Bay, Massachusetts.
The grants have been awarded to the following six projects:
See project descriptions.
- The City of Newport’s Source Water Phosphorus Reduction Feasibility Plan
- Mass Audubon’s Nutrient Reduction through Innovative Land Use Techniques
- Northern Rhode Island Conservation District’s Moswansicut Reservoir Phosphorus Project
- Save The Bay’s Ribbed Mussel Nutrient Bioextraction Pilot Project
- The University of Rhode Island’s Optimizing Performance of Existing Onsite Wastewater Treatment
- West Warwick’s Stormwater Utility Implementation and Hardig Brook Restoration.
See press release.
2014 Watershed Counts Report is available. See 2014 Report
Call for Nominations to the new Science Advisory Committee
The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program is one of 28 nationally designated programs operating under the National Estuary Program. On June 18, 2014, the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program’s Management Committee created a new Science Advisory Committee to provide a forum for the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program and its partners to examine, discuss and exchange scientific findings and technical information. The overarching charge mission is to facilitate the integration of science into the effective management of the Narragansett Bay Region. The Narragansett Bay Region, as set forth in the Estuary Program’s 2012 Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, includes the Narragansett Bay and its watershed of over one million acres, as well as the smaller Wood-Pawcatuck and Southwest Coastal Ponds watersheds. In addition, the new Committee will serve as the official Science Advisory Committee for the Rhode Island Bays, Rivers, and Watersheds Coordination Team.
The Committee is seeking a broad range of committed research scientists, engineers, environmental managers, and other practitioners drawn from the relevant physical, chemical, geological, biological, social, and economic sciences. Members may be associated with academia, local, state, and federal agencies, industry, and private organizations, both for-profit and non-profit. This call for nominations is specifically seeking candidates with expertise in the following areas or related disciplines and candidates who specialize in multiple disciplines are preferred: (1) resource economics; (2) ecological/circulation modeling; (3) environmental sociology; (4) public health or risk assessment; (5) inorganic/organic chemistry preferably with expertise in contaminants of emerging concern; and (6) ground water and environmental monitoring.
Those who wish to submit a nomination for consideration to the Science Advisory Committee should send a letter of support with the nominee’s background information to Tom Borden, Program Director of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download full Call for Nominations
Download Resolution 2014-01 Establishment of a Science Advisory