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Protecting Newport’s Drink Water | Part 1

Courtesy of Ambar Espinoza | Rhode Island Public Radio With more than 500 public drinking water suppliers in the state, the Rhode Island Department of Health is worried about how they will cope with climate-related changes like intense rains, rising seas, and warmer temperatures. For the next installment of our series, Battle With The Sea, environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza heads to Newport, home
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Ocean State to Your Plate: 2015 Scup Seafood Challenge

Appreciating the ‘under loved’ Scup took the spotlight at the second annual Rhode Island Seafood Challenge at Johnson & Wales University (JWU) earlier in April, where three student teams prepared the underutilized, but tasty, local fish. The goal – to raise awareness among budding chefs – and the public – about local, sustainable seafood products.
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Landscape Design to Improve Coastal Resilience

Three Rhode Island communities will serve as new pilot projects to increase coastal resilience to climate change impacts, such as sea level rise, flooding, and increased storminess. The project will explore landscape methods that are natural – or that mimic nature – to restore ecosystem services (habitat and stormwater filtration, for example) to developed areas. The
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Truths and Half-truths: Communicating Climate Change

Special report by Barbara Moran | Courtesy of Boston University Ted Smayda was a 28-year-old assistant marine biologist, “just one of the rinky-dinks,” he says, when he first started gathering data on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay more than 50 years ago. Smayda chugged into the bay on the University of Rhode Island’s research boat, the Billie II,
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Tool for Ocean Spatial Planning

April 16 Kickoff of Ocean SAMP Update

JOIN US for the official kickoff to update the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP)! The Ocean SAMP was a three-year process that placed Rhode Islanders in the driver’s seat to better understand how we use this offshore resource and why it is important biologically, culturally, and socially.  The Ocean SAMP is also key
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RI Delegation Announces $1.6 Million for RI Sea Grant

Press Release courtesy of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Funds to Help Protect RI Coastal and Marine Resources Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced over $1.6 million in federal funding from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program.
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An Ounce of Prevention: Probiotics Hold Potential for Shellfish Disease

Deep lacerations  scar the shells of lobsters. Entire populations of oysters die in less than 24 hours. These are the results of disease, potentially caused by bad bacteria. And although bacteria may be the cause, in it also lies potential for a solution. Can something as simple as a probiotic, the good bacteria, like the
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Coastal State Discussion Series | April 28

Join us for the next Coastal State Discussion, which will take a look at whether or not septic systems will be able to function as the climate changes. Jennifer Cooper, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Rhode Island, will discuss how increased surface temperatures, changing precipitation patterns and sea level rise impact conventional septic systems
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2015 Rhode Island Seafood Challenge

Rhode Island Seafood Challenge 2015

You are cordially invited to attend the Rhode Island Seafood Challenge 2015. The event is free, but seating is limited and a reservation is required. DATE: Friday, April 10, 2015 TIME: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. LOCATION: Johnson & Wales University, Harborside Campus Harborside Academic Center Amphitheater 265 Harborside Boulevard, Providence, R.I. 02905 DETAILS: For
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