Reviving Rhode Island’s Urban Coast

FOR  200 YEARS, MUCH OF RHODE ISLAND’S URBAN waterfront was the realm of industry. Manufacturing plants, shipping ports, and acres of “tank farms”—land dotted with massive oil tanks—lined the shores of upper Narragansett Bay. During that time, little...

New Hope for Urban Waterways

A 10-FOOT ALUMINUM BOAT SLIDES OUT OF ITS  dock at the Narragansett Boat Club and onto the Seekonk River. Nestled in the rocks below the surface is a large population of mussels and oysters. The December skies hold a mixture of sun and clouds, and the air is brisk...

Sea Level Rise and Salt Marsh Migration

DIGGING TRENCHES AIDS RESTORATION A dome of blue-gray sky cups the open expanse, ensuring the day will be a chilly one. Low tide on Round Marsh in Jamestown exposes last year’s growth of grasses, including the omnipresent Phragmites, still only in its dead-beige...