Narragansett Bay

Sailors For The Sea hosted “World Oceans Day Summit: Lessons from Narragansett Bay to the Global Ocean” at the Redwood Library on World Oceans Day (June 8th), the event focused on “Narragansett Bay’s long journey to restoration from its history as a dumping ground for toxic metals, sewage, and other pollutants since the Industrial Revolution”.

“With the advent of the Clean Water Act and the enforcement of upgrades for wastewater treatment facilities, Narragansett Bay is now cleaner than it has been in 150 years, says Dr. Candace Oviatt from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, who led a decade-long study that found nutrient levels in the Bay down and the water clearer,” according to a recent report by Rhode Island Sea Grant.

Read The Full Story – Narragansett Bay is Cleaner Than its Been in 150 years

Based at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, Rhode Island Sea Grant is a partnership of the university, the National Sea Grant College Program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the state of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Sea Grant supports research, outreach, and education programs designed to foster vibrant coastal communities and marine environments that are resilient in the face of change.

Rhode Island Sea Grant is one of 33 programs in a national network, and includes a legal program located at Roger Williams University School of Law.

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