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Public Workshop | Protecting Newport Historic and Cultural Assets

July 14, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The public is invited to participate in a community workshop on flood protection for historic and culturally valuable properties on Newport’s coast. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, July 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., Newport, RI 02840.

The workshop follows the April 2016 “Keeping History Above Water Conference” in Newport, which explored historic preservation efforts regarding flooding from sea level rise – a key impact of climate change. Newport hosts a broad array of historical and cultural assets, including registered historic buildings, and rising water and increased storminess is expected to threaten these over time. The University of Rhode Island (URI) Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and Rhode Island Sea Grant are facilitating the meeting for several community groups interested in continuing the conference dialogue.

“Science indicates that Rhode Island is more likely than many other coastal states to experience flooding over time from sea level rise,” said Dawn Kotowicz, a coastal manager for CRC and extension agent for Rhode Island Sea Grant. “Coastal development, including the historic properties and cultural assets that Newport values, is at risk, so collaborating on practical solutions is critical.”

CRC and Rhode Island Sea Grant, at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, provide Rhode Island and beyond with a variety of community-based coastal management and outreach services and programs.


NOTE: The public is welcome for the whole event; a general overview of the project will be given at 5 p.m. to ensure attendees arriving later in the day have ample opportunity to gain information. RSVP by July 11 to ensure adequate refreshments.


July 14, 2016
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Rhode Island Sea Grant and the URI Coastal Resources Center


Emmanuel Church
42 Dearborn St
Newport, 02840 United States
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