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Proposed Administration Budget Aims to Eliminate Sea Grant Immediately

Loss of Rhode Island Sea Grant would impact state, University of Rhode Island An unprecedented administration proposal to cut the national Sea Grant budget by $30 million effective April 28 would likely mean the elimination of the program altogether, including the Rhode Island Sea Grant program at the University of Rhode Island. The cuts to
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Rhode Island Sea Grant Investments in Rhode Island at Stake

Several years ago, when we at Rhode Island Sea Grant were evaluating the magazine that we publish jointly with the Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island, we held a series of focus groups to see what readers liked—and didn’t like—about 41°N. One message came through particularly clearly: Readers were not interested in a
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Knauss Fellow Joins US Committee on the Marine Transportation System

The US Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) welcomes Ali Mitchell who has joined the CMTS Executive Secretariat as the 2017 Knauss Sea Grant Fellow representing Rhode Island Sea Grant. Mitchell’s responsibilities during this year-long fellowship with CMTS will include activities in Arctic maritime transportation, maritime energy, and ocean policy. She will also be supporting the Department of
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Cashing in on Offshore Sand Deposits

There are offshore sand deposits that could be used to replenish R.I. beaches less expensively than land-based sources – but what will the consequences be? Rome Point

A spring-like February school vacation day is meant to be spent outdoors. Friends were posting photos of their kids skiing in New Hampshire or ice skating on Boston Common. We decided to go to the beach. I left work early and drove over to Fort Wetherill, Jamestown, where I met my husband with the kids.
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New URI Study to Look at Impacts of Block Island Wind Farm on Recreation & Tourism

BOEM Contracts URI for New Project to Identify Impacts of Offshore Wind Farm Analysis Focusing on Effects of Block Island Wind Farm on Rhode Island Recreation and Tourism Activities NARRAGANSETT, RHODE ISLAND –– In Rhode Island state ocean waters, the nation’s first wind farm, southeast of Block Island, is operational and generating power. The U.S. Bureau
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New Wave of Research to Focus on Social Dimensions of American Offshore Wind Energy

The first wind farm in the nation is now operational off the coast of Block Island. This five-turbine project, intended to launch hundreds of turbines elsewhere along the coast, is a milestone for an emerging offshore renewable energy industry in the United States. If offshore wind farms are to be successful, however, a better understanding
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Quahogs by Jessica Langlois

Narragansett Bay Recovers from Algal Bloom, Shellfish Safe

An unprecedented algal bloom that spanned from Long Island to Maine triggered a shellfishing ban in Narragansett Bay for most of October. After it ended and shellfish beds reopened, fishermen, shellfish farmers, and environmental managers convened at a public meeting in December to try to understand what caused the bloom and what to do about future
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Sen. Whitehouse Touts Rhode Island’s Resiliency from Senate Floor

Earlier this month, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse presented to his peers his 151st speech on climate change. He addressed the various challenges that particularly face coastal areas, from sea level rise and storm surge to increasing surface temperatures and ocean acidification. “The effects of climate change will hit home first, and hardest, along our coasts,” said Whitehouse, referencing the
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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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