Courtesy of Rhode Island Public Radio
By: Ambar Espinoza / RIPR
Rhode Island is losing salt marshes at an alarming rate. Scientists and coastal planners say this is one of the most pressing climate change impacts already facing the Ocean State. Salt marshes are critical fish and wildlife habitats that support the state’s fishing and tourism industries. As part of our Battle With The Sea series, we’re taking you to two marshes to learn what the state is doing to help them adapt to rapidly rising seas.
On any given day, Round Marsh in Jamestown would be relatively quiet, with birds and other wildlife teeming within its grasses and mudflats.
But on this day, a small industrial machine designed to scoop out mud travels back and forth across a stable section of the marsh. Save the Bay’s restoration coordinator Wenley Ferguson said this excavator is digging a creek to help drain excess water off the marsh.