The Narrow River Environmental Assessment was open for public review and comments from November 1 to November 30, 2014. Several comments were received and the project team is reviewing them now. The Service will respond to all public comments in an appendix to the Environmental Assessment.
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. For more on the Narrow River, check out the website of the Narrow River Preservation Association, here.