The Narrow River is a unique estuarine system on the West shore of lower Narragansett Bay, a series of coves or lagoons that are connected to the ocean by a tidal inlet. Despite its small size, the Narrow River supports a remarkable diversity of fish and wildlife habitats, including fresh water ponds and wetlands, salt marshes, eelgrass beds, tide flats and shallow-water habitats. Much of the southern, estuarine portion of the Narrow River lies within the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge. The habitats of the Narrow River are threatened by both human and natural factors, including climate change, sea level rise, and motorboat wakes. CER is working with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other partners to develop and implement a restoration plan that will restore ecological resiliency, preserve and improve salt marshes, eelgrass beds, shorelines and other valuable habitats in the Narrow River. To view and comment on the draft restoration plan and environmental assessment, click here. Comments are due by Nov. 30. And for more on the Narrow River, check out the website of the Narrow River Preservation Association, here.
In August CER moved into new offices at 23 Brown Street, Wickford, R.I. Stop in for a visit sometime! We're on the second floor above the store "Madge & Moby" -- along the harbor next door to Wickford Cove Framing Gallery and two doors down from the Kayak Center. Call first as we're often in the field, or traveling for projects elsewhere in New England.
In October, 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, causing more than 100 deaths and causing $62 billion in damage. In 2013, Congress appropriated $60 billion for cleanup and recovery efforts. Some of those funds are being made available to restore coastal habitats and make our shorelines and ecosystems more resilient -- better able to withstand future hurricanes and climate change impacts. CER helped develop several successful proposals for the Hurricane Sandy funds, and is partnering with more than a dozen organizations to undertake new and existing projects under this program, in Rhode Island and Massachusetts:
Shawsheen River Restoration: Hurricane Sandy funds will provide much-needed construction dollars for CER's ongoing project to remove Balmoral and Marland Place Dams from the Shawsheen River in Andover, Mass. Many thanks to the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration for leading development of this funding proposal.
Sachuest Bay Coastal Resiliency Project: CER worked with the Town of Middletown, R.I., Norman Bird Sanctuary and other partners to develop a comprehensive coastal restoration plan for the Sachuest Point area of Aquidneck Island. Many thanks to Senator Jack Reed and Congressman James Langevin for their advocacy of this important project, which will improve Rhode Island's coast for residents and visitors alike. More to come soon on this project.
Narrow River Restoration: CER's work with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to restore the Narrow River Estuary in Narragansett and South Kingstown, R.I., was also funded under the Hurricane Sandy package. Thanks to the the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge and staff of USFWS's Charlestown, R.I., office, for developing this visionary project, which will help keep this important coastal area vital and productive for current and future generations.
For more on new Sandy funding awards in Massachusetts, see this link
For more on Sandy awards in Rhode Island, see this one
More to follow on all these projects soon!
Patagonia's Boston store will be screening DamNation, a new documentary about dams and dam removal, on Thursday, June 5. Come join us for the screening and a brief panel discussion led by Tom Ardito of CER, Nick Wildman of the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, and Eric Hutchins of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For more on the event, check out Patagonia's Facebook page here!