Welcome to Coastweeks 2019!
The annual celebration of Rhode Island’s coast


Every autumn, Coastweeks events celebrate building awareness and understanding of our coast. Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Coastal Resources Center (CRC) at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography and the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) invite you to take part!

SEPTEMBER 2019                                                                             

Friday, September 20, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Fort Adams, Newport

Coastweeks participants learn how to identify aquatic invasive species.

Come help Rhode Island monitoring efforts for aquatic invasive species by collecting specimens at the docks with Kevin Cute, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council marine resources specialist.

Aquatic invasive species are marine plants, algae, and animals that are not in their natural, native environment and come from all over the world via ballast water in shipping vessels and other introduction vectors. Many invasive species found in Rhode Island are from as far as Europe and Asia.

New species arrive every year in Narragansett Bay, with several having negative impacts on the local environment.

Participants will get a hands-on educational experience and will walk away with a better understanding of native and non-native marine species in Rhode Island and their impacts.

Participants should wear appropriate clothing and shoes for walking and lying down on a dock. Parking is available in the large lot right at the fort, and from there, participants should walk out to the boat basin, where we will be.

Please prepare to get your hands wet and dirty!

Sponsored by CRMC. Pre-registration required. Please contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6805 or

URI Providence Campus
Paff Auditorium
7 p.m.


Pam Rubinoff

Pam Rubinoff, center, will participate in a discussion panel on preparing for climate change.

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 climate change in the region and recommended actions individuals can take. The discussion, moderated by Ian Donnis, includes presentations by faculty Jeremy Collie, Isaac Ginis, Howard Ginsberg, and John W. King from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography and Pam Rubinoff from the Coastal Resources Center. For more information, click here.


October 2019

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Meet at Quonnie Boat Ramp

Caitlin Chaffee, CRMC, points to salt marsh restoration efforts along the Narrow River during a Coastweeks tour.

Tour Quonochontaug Pond salt marsh, one of Rhode Island’s most prized coastal lagoons. This site has been the focus of an extensive marsh restoration and elevation enhancement project designed to help this vital habitat better withstand flooding from sea level rise and coastal storm surge.

Caitlin Chaffee, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council policy analyst, will lead the tour and be joined by other project partners to share details on this project and how storms and sea level rise are affecting coastal marshes.

* Please wear boots. Footwear will get wet. This event is appropriate for adults and children 10 and older. Rain date: October 3

Sponsored by CRMC. Pre-registration required. Please contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6805 or

Monday, October 7, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Perrotti Park, 39 America’s Cup Ave., Newport

Join Clean Ocean Access to learn about how the city of Newport is trying to clean up marine debris.

There are five Marina Trash Skimmers in Southern New England, ranging from Newport, R.I., to Fall River and New Bedford, Mass. The Newport location was the first implemented trash skimmer on the East Coast in 2016. Since 2017, the Marina Trash Skimmers on Aquidneck Island have removed over 30,000 pounds of co-mingled debris, helping to improve water quality and overall environmental conditions at each location.

Marina Trash Skimmers can filter 300 gallons of water per minute and look like submerged dumpsters attached to a floating dock. A three-quarter horsepower water circulation unit on the bottom forces water out of the skimmer, creating a current on the surface that collects trash, soaks up oil, and traps floating debris.

The tour will showcase how these skimmers work, what kind of debris is commonly collected, and what participants can do to reduce waste entering our water systems.

Sponsored by Clean Ocean Access. Pre-registration required. Please contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6805 or

Barrington Public Library
Salem Family Auditorium (2nd Floor)
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Aftermath of Hurricane of 1938 in Barrington

The aftermath of the Hurricane of 1938 in Barrington, RI. Photo courtesy of the RI Secretary of State’s Office

On September 21, 1938, one of the most destructive and powerful hurricanes in recorded history struck Rhode Island. Local filmmaker Carla Ricci will show her Emmy-nominated short documentary, “One Day … A Story of a Storm” about how life can change without warning. Following the 18-minute film, Teresa Crean of the URI Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant will speak about how Rhode Island is preparing for another major storm and the destruction it could bring.

Free and open to all. Sponsored by the Barrington Public Library in partnership with Barrington Land Conservation Trust.


Providence Hurricane Barrier
Parking on Bridge Street
12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Providence Hurricane Barrier

The Providence Hurricane Barrier was built in the 1960s to protect downtown from storm surge flooding.

Note: This event was postponed from October 11

Storms and rising seas have had a historical impact on the Providence landscape.  This walk will bring some historic perspective and some future projections of how flooding will affect the waterfront. Discussion will include how this will influence waterfront use, design, and longevity, and how incorporating natural habitat and a more accessible waterfront can benefit the way people to live, work and play in Providence.

We will meet at noon at the hurricane barrier along South Water Street. Free parking for the event will be provided in the Rhode Island Department of Transportation parking lot under the bridge, south of the barrier, under the highway at 665 Bridge Street.

Walk will include the hurricane barrier, new pedestrian bridge, and surrounding areas and will be led by Janet Freedman, coastal geologist with CRMC and Pam Rubinoff, coastal resilience specialist with the Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant.

Pre-registration required. Please contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6805 or