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Army Corps Explains Sea Level Rise Plan

Army Corps proposal to elevate homes and sea level rise projection maps presented at Beach SAMP meeting. Matunuck’s shoreline has moved a lot further landward than was 80 years ago, and it will continue to move further landward — and more rapidly — in the future. The exact timetable of the retreat is uncertain, said
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Consent Needed for Aquaculture Expansion

The history and future of the 5% Rule for aquaculture in Rhode Island salt ponds. The amount of cultured oysters harvested from Rhode Island coastal salt ponds could be increased by 61 times the current production rate without significantly impacting the environment, according to a 2011 study that challenges the current 5 percent of surface
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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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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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NOAA Scientist Launched Career as Knauss Fellow

A major turning point in Catalina Martinez’s career, who is now a physical scientist with NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, was the year she spent as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow – especially since, 14 years later, she’s still with the same program that hired her for her fellowship. Martinez was selected to work in the
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