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Tour the Block Island Wind Farm

  THIS TOUR IS FULL Deepwater Wind has completed construction of the nation’s first offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island, and the blades are set to begin turning in October. Join us in Newport for a guided tour of the wind farm aboard a high-speed ferry October 14 and hear experts involved
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Flooding visualization

You Are Here: Mapping how sea level rise and flooding will affect your home

If you live in any of Rhode Island’s 21 coastal municipalities, you will soon be able to find out exactly how your home will be affected by sea level rise and coastal flooding thanks to a new report done as part of the state’s Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan, or Beach SAMP. Nicole Leporacci,
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Sustainable Solutions for Fiberglass Boats

Imagine all the power boats and sailing vessels that dot Rhode Island waters, especially in the heat of the summer, ending up in a landfill. Today, about 16 percent of all Rhode Island households own a registered recreational vessel. And while modern-day fiberglass hulls provide owners with durable reliability and unbridled safety, they also last about
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Nicholas Obolensky

The Drive to Effect Change Through Law

Knauss Fellow reflects on path from seafood trader to policy aide to lawyer Nicholas Obolensky, part of the Knauss Fellows class of 2013, had always wanted to fight for the greater good. “I have always been interested in fighting for social and environmental justice issues … I wanted to play a part in advocacy and working
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Discovering the Rhode Island Shore ~ Web App

Find your way to over 300 public access points on Rhode Island’s coast using new app Discovering the Rhode Island Shore is a new free web app offered by Rhode Island Sea Grant and designed to help Ocean State locals and visitors find their way to parks, wildlife refuges, beaches, fishing sites, boat ramps, pathways, and
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BayMap Sets Approach for Habitat Mapping

Prior to 2004, Rhode Island resource managers and scientists had limited and outdated means to effectively study, manage, conserve, and sustain submerged paleocultural landscapes and coastal ecosystems, specifically in shallow-subtidal environments, due to financial and technological constraints. Habitat maps, at the time, were several decades old and were developed with technology that had poor spatial
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Welcome to Rhode Island Sea Grant’s New Extension Specialist

We’d like to welcome Christopher Condit as one of the newest members of Rhode Island Sea Grant’s and the Coastal Resources Center’s extension team. He will be specializing in coastal climate change adaptation and resilience. Chris joins us from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Maritime Law Enforcement, Living Marine Resources Enforcement Division, where he oversaw
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Workshop Explores Impact of Sea Level Rise on Newport’s Historic Structures

The city of Newport is home to some of the oldest buildings in the country, many of which are located close to the water’s edge and threatened by rising sea levels and coastal flooding. Rhode Island Sea Grant and the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center (CRC) recently facilitated a public workshop with concerned
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Welcome to Rhode Island Sea Grant’s New Staff Attorney

We’d like to welcome Read Porter as Rhode Island Sea Grant’s new staff attorney!  Read joined us last month and is coming to us from the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) in Washington D.C. where he has worked for the last nine years.  At ELI, Read worked in the Oceans Program, directed ELI’s Invasive Species Program, and
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Public Workshop, July 14 | Protecting Newport Historic and Cultural Assets

Event kicks off community-based historic preservation effort to address coastal climate change impacts on Newport’s historic properties NARRAGANSETT, RHODE ISLAND – 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
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