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Meeting to present update on RI’s first harmful algal bloom

A harmful algal bloom outbreak, the first such known in Rhode Island, shut down shellfish beds in portions of Narragansett Bay for most of the month of October. The state is hosting a meeting at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography on December 16 to review what happened and to discuss plans
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Coastal Career Day Offers Reassurance and Advice

The first steps into any career can depend a lot upon the state of the economy, said speakers at The Coastal Society’s Coastal Career Day. While the economy has been slowly recovering from the 2008 recession, slow job growth and rising education costs have markedly changed the landscape for new professionals. “If you have to
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Ninigret Aquaculture Tour

From the early morning to late afternoon, oyster farmers stride waist-deep in Ninigret Pond harvesting oysters for a nearby floating platform where workers pass them through a tumbler, sorting them by size and keeping the ones ready for market, which can take 15 to 28 months. “This one is equipped with solar panels to power
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Climate Change Threat to Home Septic Systems

A team of researchers from the University of Rhode Island (and supported by Rhode Island Sea Grant) is recommending that state and federal officials rethink the regulations for the installation and management of home septic systems, especially in the coastal zone, in light of research they conducted that demonstrated that warming temperatures and rising sea
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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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