Rhode Island has lost over 50% (approximately 4,000 acres) of its historic salt marshes over the last two hundred years due to filling (Bromberg and Bertness, 2005). Of the salt marshes that remain in the state, the vast majority are drowning in place due to rising sea levels. Save The Bay is leading statewide efforts to help salt marshes adapt to higher water levels to slow the future loss of these vital coastal ecosystems.
In addition, Narragansett Bay continues to be impacted by pollution, including microplastics caused by the degradation of plastics into tiny particles and dumping of toxic chemicals down storm drains that lead directly to the Bay.
To address both of these issues, Save The Bay will undertake new statewide efforts to engage citizens of all ages to reduce plastic pollution, further coastal restoration, enhance ocean and environmental literacy, and build community engagement and stewardship. These activities directly engage communities, stakeholders, students, and volunteers in efforts to create systemic change to improve and restore the short and long-term health of Narragansett Bay and our coastal areas.
Narragansett Bay Pollution Prevention
Salt Marsh Adaptation Initiatives
Save The Bay is an independent, member-supported, nonprofit organization. Save The Bay got its start as a grassroots organization in 1970 when a small group of concerned citizens came together to fight an oil refinery proposed for the shores of Tiverton. Its work began its legacy as the eyes, ears, and voice for Narragansett Bay. Today, it carries out its mission through three areas of work: advocacy, education, and habitat restoration and adaptation.