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New Leadership

The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program is pleased to announce that Tom Borden has been hired as the program’s new director. A longtime attorney, Tom specializes in environmental and land use law. As NBEP’s program director, he will oversee all operations and lead the development and implementation of initiatives and partnerships related to such matters as water quality, stormwater mitigation, habitat protection, and climate change. The appointment of the new director is an important step in the ongoing transition of the program. Earlier in 2013, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) assumed the role of host organization for the program. In the coming months, the program will continue with tasks to further the transition, including strengthening the governance structure and forming a Technical Science Advisory Committee.  You may reach Tom at the following address:

Thomas A. Borden, Esq.
Program Director
Narragansett Bay Estuary Program
235 Promenade Street - Suite 310
Providence, RI 02908

Employment Opportunities

The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program is seeking an Environmental Analyst - Chief Scientist as well as a part-time Administrative Assistant.  Send submissions to: NEIWPCC, Attn: Human Resources, 650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410, Lowell, MA 01854 or via email to jobs@neiwpcc.org.

Environmental Analyst - Staff Scientist 
Narragansett Bay Estuary Program
Providence, Rhode Island

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) and the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP) are seeking an Environmental Analyst (Staff Scientist) to develop and manage the scientific projects and programs of the NBEP.

Created in 1987, the NBEP is one of 28 national estuary programs designated pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act and funded, in large part, by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Will play a leading and integrating role among the many scientists and organizations at work in the Narragansett Bay watershed in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Will act as science liaison between the NBEP and federal, state, and local scientists and managers. Will coordinate and facilitate the NBEP's Science Advisory Committee. While the position will not focus on active field research, the scientist will provide the needed synthesis and interpretation of existing research. Will develop, procure, and manage multi-partner competitive technical grants and provide technical input for the NBEP's website.

The successful candidate must hold an advanced degree in environmental sciences, environmental engineering or a related field along with related professional experience. Knowledge and experience with estuarine science and management, particularly in areas of water quality and quantity, watershed management, and/or estuarine ecology.

Send cover letter, resume, three references, and short writing sample by March 28, 2014 as indicated at top of page.
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NBJ Cover pageThe Narragansett Bay Journal, Summer 2013 Issue #27 is out.
The Summer issue #27 focuses on Volunteerism. he value of volunteering is much deeper, much more fulfilling and much more important in contributing to a healthy and vibrant community than money can ever measure. The articles in this issue highlight the hard work and dedication that volunteers and their coordinators put into making our community healthy, vibrant and a better place to live. There are countless opportunities for you to get involved in your community. Hopefully these articles and the resources at the end will inspire you to volunteer with your peers.

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Report coverRapid Analysis Macroalgae Cover in Narragansett Bay: 2007 - 2011

Science intern Melissa Palmisciano completed her Senior Thesis for Brown University on the rapid analysis of aerial photography to determine macroalgae cover in Narragansett Bay. This report quantifies macroalgae during the five year period between 2007 and 2011; providing a baseline understanding of nutrient impacts on macroalgae in Narragansett Bay. As wastewater treatment facilities upgrade to tertiary treatment, nutrient inputs will decrease, potentially changing the composition of macroalgae in the Bay. Learn more about macroalgae in the Bay on our seaweed page.


"Before the Storm"
The Report of the Lower Pawtuxet River Climate-Ready Estuaries Project

This project was developed by NBEP with funding from EPA and the support of a diverse steering committee, including municipal planners from Warwick, West Warwick and Cranston, R.I. The report identifies opportunities to restore the ecosystem of the Pawtuxet River while improving climate-change preparedness—for example, by reducing flooding vulnerability in areas affected by the floods of April, 2010.


CCMP Update 2012 Now Available!

After extensive consultation with Bay and watershed stakeholders who reviewed iterative drafts of the plan, a final revision of the NBEP CCMP Update 2012 is now available. Visit our CCMP Update 2012 page to download the document and review stakeholder comments.

Rivers Unbound

"Rivers Unbound" is the report of the River Restoration Working Group of the R.I. Habitat Restoration Team. To download draft report visit our River Working Group page.


Roger Williams Park Ponds RestorationDont Feed the Birds!

Check out our new Goose Facts page to learn more about why it's bad to feed the birds and why we need to manage their population within the Park.

Thanks to all the volunteers who came to our water quality monitoring training with Watershed Watch! Your assistance monitoring the health of the Roger Williams Park Ponds will be a big help in ensuring the work we do to restore the Park is making a positive impact. If anyone is interested in participating in volunteer efforts around the park please contact Lesley Lambert at lesley@nbep.org.


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