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STORMTOOLS Sets Up RI Coast for Resiliency

Rhode Island communities are stepping up to a national challenge in planning for sea level and storms at a local level. In his State of the Union address on January 20, President Barack Obama said that “no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” Rhode Island has already felt the brunt of climate
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State of Oyster Restoration Policies: New Legal Report

When it comes to restoration projects, especially oyster restoration, no two states are alike, but navigating the regulatory process is a challenge for everyone. Many coastal areas are experiencing a decrease in oyster habitat- which is essential to ecosystem functioning and health- due to development, pollution, disease, and climate change among other various factors. To
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Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit

Check out Sea Grant’s new Resilience Toolkit, which features tools and resources developed over the years by Sea Grant to help communities across the nation be more resilient. As coastal populations continue to grow, more people are vulnerable to natural hazards such as severe storms, erosion and flooding, as well as water quality challenges associated
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Are the Costs of Resiliency Worthwhile?

The added costs for more resilient infrastructure are causing tension as coastal communities grapple with how to recover, and to what extent, after devastating storms such as Sandy. After being nearly demolished by Superstorm Sandy, one waterfront hotel in Westerly becomes an open-air restaurant; two small restaurants become mobile operations that pack up when a
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David Ghigliotti

R.I. Shellfish Management Plan Builds Community to Protect Resource

For many in Rhode Island’s shellfish industry, their occupation is more than just a job. “I used to see these guys coming in and it was just awe-inspiring to see all these quahoggers and the old time guys that I still look up to,” said commercial shellfisherman David Ghigliotti in this 7-minute video about Rhode Island
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Misquamicut

Getting back to business after Sandy: Lessons from the Westerly Chamber of Commerce

Delivering pizza to hungry crews of volunteers cleaning up debris from flooded shop floors. Helping businesses decipher the fine print of their insurance policies and fill out grant applications. Such tasks could never have been foreseen by Lisa Konicki, executive director of the Westerly Chamber of Commerce, as part of her job when she first
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RI celebrates inaugural shellfish management plan

Two years in the making, Rhode Island’s first comprehensive shellfish management plan was celebrated Monday night at the University of Rhode Island by the state agencies, project managers, researchers, stakeholders, and funders who made it happen. The plan, which is the purview of the state’s Department of Environmental Management and Coastal Resources Management Council, along
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Students Redesign Storer Park for Coastal Resilience

Students enrolled in the University of Rhode Island (URI) Landscape Architecture program were tasked at finding innovative coastal adaptation strategies as part of their senior studio for Newport’s Storer Park, which sits as a southern gateway to the city’s historic Point Neighborhood along the Newport Harbor Walk. Recent storms along Rhode Island’s coastline have brought the reality of
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Shellfishermen Support Shellfish Management Plan

Stakeholders, and other partners are being honored at the Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan (SMP) celebration on November 17, 2014, which as made groundbreaking strides in promoting and protecting the state’s $3 million shellfish industry. Many fishermen have been happy with the process that has given them a voice at the table. Michael McGiveney, president
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Whelk

Whelk Go On Hunger Strike

In support on the Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan (SMP), Rhode Island Sea Grant has dedicated its 2014-2016 research efforts in the areas of shellfish biology and the ecology of the resources that support shellfish and shellfish management. Researchers have recently finished their first field season collecting data and will be processing this information over the
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