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Wickford Tour Looks at Threat of Growing Floodplain

Coastweeks tour through Wickford looks at challenges of sea level rise and storm surge, and adaptation measures to protect historic town. Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse joined Sea Grant and municipal officials along the North Kingstown village of Wickford’s waterfront on October 2 for a tour that showcased some of the challenges this historic village faces in
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Seamen’s Church Institute’s 200-Year Plan

“They thought of this place as a big boat.” That’s what Michelle Duga, superintendent of Seamen’s Church Institute on Newport’s historic waterfront, says is behind the architectural choices that have helped protect the century-old brick building from the worst of flooding—first from storms, and now from rising sea level. “If you think about it, this
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Picking Up the Pieces in Westerly

The Andrea, like so many businesses along R.I.’s southern shore, is trying to keep pace with erosion, flooding, and storms. The Andrea, formerly a hotel built upon three generations and an iconic locale along Rhode Island’s Misquamicut Beach, has now been transformed into an open, seaside restaurant and bar. “It’s the second year, and it’s actually
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Sand and Gravel Extraction Regulations Challenged By Industry

Rhode Island is in great need of sand for erosion control, road building, and septic systems. But existing sand and gravel pits that are already struggling to meet demands, are getting more pressure from increased regulations to reduce impacts, that some say inhibit a much needed industry. “Whenever there’s a—let’s say—a natural disaster, the first
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First Draft of Shellfish Management Plan for Public Comment

The public is invited to review a draft of Rhode Island’s first comprehensive set of management recommendations for shellfish resources, both wild harvest and aquaculture, located in state ocean waters, and provide comments. The review process is a key topic of the SMP Stakeholder Public Meeting scheduled for tonight, Monday, September 29, 5-7pm, Corless Auditorium,
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The Problem with Aquatic Invasive Species in Narragansett Bay

Several new species taking up residency in Narragansett Bay are adversely impacting the neighborhood, and are the focus of much research to protect the local ecology and economy. Aquatic invasive species (AIS), which are marine plants and animals that are not in their natural environment, have come to Narragansett Bay from as far as Asia
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New plan adopted to protect Rhode Island farmed oysters from Vibrio

A new management plan as been adopted by the state of Rhode Island to reduce illness from naturally-occurring bacteria associated with shellfish harvested from aquaculture farms.  Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a naturally occurring bacterium that is not associated with pollution, but is commonly found in estuaries and coastal marine waters.  There are many varieties of Vibrios and
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Rhode Island recognized as leader in offshore wind energy

Rhode Island is leading the nation’s pursuit of offshore wind power, according to a recent report by the National Wildlife Federation. The report, Catching the Wind: State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportunity of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power, which promotes offshore wind energy development to meet growing energy demands, praises Rhode Island as having “set a national precedent
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Raising Objections: Hurdles for Rhode Island Aquaculture

R.I. SHELLFISH FARMS FACE INCREASING OPPOSITION by  RudiHempe photographs by Acacia Johnson   Perry  Raso’s Matunuck Oyster Bar, on the waterfront of SouthKingstown’s Potter Pond,  is jammed in the summer, and does respectable business year-round, even on a snowy day in January. Raso’s restaurant, however, is only the most visible part of his Matunuck Oyster Farm
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The Bottom Line of Resiliency

Newport waterfront businesses participate in pilot program to prepare for sea level rise, storm damage and climate change. Three pilot sites along Newport’s waterfront were assessed by professionals representing academia, government, insurance, disaster management and architecture fields to examine the current state of resilience, or capabilities to withstand climate change impacts, and to make recommendations to
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