Teresa Crean receives Sea Grant regional award for work on Beach SAMP

Crean recognized for role in developing Rhode Island’s plan to help coastal communities address sea level rise, flooding, and erosion.

Aerial view of Superstorm Sandy damage in New Jersey

Buyout Programs Leave Homeowners and Renters at a Loss

Years-long waits for relief are just one of the problems facing federal buyout programs.

Warmer Oceans Changing Fish Populations in Narragansett Bay

By Cynthia Drummond | The Westerly Sun NARRAGANSETT — It will come as no surprise to local anglers that different fish species are now found in Rhode Island waters. In some cases, these fish are displacing ones traditionally found here, and scientists are trying to understand which species pose the greatest threat to the native
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Oyster gear

Do You Like What You See? Aquaculture Meeting Addresses Use Conflicts

Aquaculture initiative seeks to resolve differences among shellfish growers, municipalities, and the state agency in charge of managing public trust waters  Aquaculture in Rhode Island has grown from 33 farms a decade ago to over 80 today. Despite the popularity of the state’s oysters at a proliferating number of local raw bars, not everyone is
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Dam Liability New Climate Issue in Rhode Island

There are dozens of dams throughout Rhode Island that are considered unsafe, with one expert telling the Providence Journal, “we are literally one storm away from loss of life.”  Of the 668 dams in the state—many more than a century old—178 are classified as “high hazard” or “significant hazard” dams, meaning that failure of any
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“Citizen Scientists” Needed to Photograph Flooding

Rhode Island Coastal Planners Ask Public to Use MyCoast App to Share Flood Photos With the last extreme high tides of the year arriving October 27-30 and November 26, Rhode Island coastal management planners are looking for help from the public in documenting flooding in low-lying areas. Staff of Rhode Island Sea Grant, the Coastal
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Takings Implications of Offshore Wind Energy Development

The successful installation of the Block Island Wind Farm in 2016 and its continued operation have encouraged investments in offshore wind projects in federal waters along the Atlantic seaboard. These proposed projects raise questions about their impacts on the environment and to other users and may face legal challenges. Many of these projects are proposed
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New Study shows how eating more oysters could reduce greenhouse gas emissions

If Americans replaced 10% of their meat consumption with oysters, the greenhouse gas savings would be the equivalent of keeping nearly 11 million cars off of the road, according to a new study by Sea Grant-funded researchers. That’s roughly 20 times the number of cars registered in Rhode Island. Their findings were recently published in
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Coastweeks: Local Impact of Climate Change, Public Panel

Join us Thursday, September 26  for a public panel on the impact of climate change in the region. In conjunction with the Climate Change Art & Action exhibition (September 3-26), the URI Providence campus is featuring a public panel presentation on URI’s climate science research. The community forum features current information on the impact of
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Communities May Be Faced with Elevating or Abandoning Coastal Highways

Coastal communities in the Ocean State will be faced with difficult choices in the not-so-distant future as the encroachment of the sea and more powerful storms increase flooding in low-lying areas. One of those difficult choices is deciding what to do with vulnerable highways. Nearly 66 miles of coastal highways, most of which are smaller,
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