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StormReporter Training for Volunteers

As we approach hurricane season, which begins June 1, Rhode Island Sea Grant, in partnership with the Coastal Resources Center, the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), and Save the Bay, will host training for community volunteers interested in becoming StormReporters to help document flooding, shoreline erosion and storm damage. Volunteers will be trained on
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Two URI graduate Students Recieve National Fellowship

Matthew Gerlach and Joseph Dwyer receive NOAA Coastal Management Fellowships NARRAGANSETT, R.I.—Two University of Rhode Island graduate students were among six recipients of two-year national fellowships in a highly competitive program that matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on selected projects. Both students were nominated for the fellowship by Rhode Island
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Coconut-curry Mussels Win Culinary Competition

Davies students take prize at second annual Rhode Island Seafood Cook-off Savory with a little heat, Coconut-Curry Mussels with Grilled Pineapple Salsa served over rice, a dish created by three students from William M. Davies, Jr. Career & Technical High School, was the winner of the 2016 Rhode Island Seafood Cook-off for high school culinary students.
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Building a Resilient Newport

Rising sea levels and increasing development and tourism squeeze an already limited space that separates the Atlantic Ocean and Easton’s Pond. This sliver of shoreline, about 400-feet wide, is sandwiched between two highly trafficked areas, Newport and Middletown. It includes one of Newport’s prime beaches, Easton’s Beach, which also acts as a storm buffer for
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Recreation and Climate in Coastal Salt Ponds

Rhode Island can expect to see some changes to its coastal recreation landscape and economy as temperatures rise rapidly with climate change. Average temperatures for the state are expected to jump 3˚F to 10˚F by 2080, according to the National Climate Assessment. “Weather considerably affects” outdoor recreation levels, said Emily Patrolia, a masters graduate from the
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Protecting Historic Structures and Cultural Treasures from Rising Waters

By PEARL MACEK | Courtesy ecoRI News  NEWPORT, R.I. — “We can’t stop it anymore,” said John Englander, an oceanographer and sea-level-rise consultant. “Everybody is struggling with this.” Englander, who wrote a book titled “High Tide on Main Street,” was just one of the 52 speakers at the recent “Keeping History Above Water” conference held
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Aquaculture and Recreation Vie for Salt Pond Use

By LEIGH VINCOLA | Courtesy of ecoRI News  Rhode Island’s aquaculture industry is on a steady rise, and people with a vested interest in salt ponds have expressed concern about the proper management of aquaculture farm leases. Once an aquaculture farm is set, the area can’t be utilized for other purposes. While the general sentiment across
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Rhode Island Sea Grant Invests $1.5M in Fisheries and Climate Research

Narragansett –– Rhode Island Sea Grant has awarded nearly $1.5 million over the next two years to research projects focused on topics from local seafood consumption, shellfish disease and population dynamics to the impacts of climate change on commercially important species in Narragansett Bay, beach erosion, and the ecological and human implications associated with the
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Time to Disclose Threats to Coastal Property Buyers?

Rhode Island doesn’t require disclosure to potential property buyers of future sea level rise and other climate-related threats. Is it time to change that? By Dan Kopin | 41˚N As Rhode Island prepares for sea levels to rise three to five feet or more, as well as for more frequent and intense storms due to
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Touring Historic Storms in Rhode Island

“Touring Historic Storms in Rhode Island,” is a new map journal that showcases the some of the most major storms to hit the state, including the Great Hurricane of 1938, Hurricane Carol (1954), and Superstorm Sandy (2012). Historical photographs are combined with storm track images and flood maps generated from STORMTOOLS  and can be located
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