Narrow River Preservation Association
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
NRPA: Working since 1970 to preserve, protect, and restore Narrow River and its watershed.

Sunset viewed from Sprague Bridge, Craig Wood, July 27, 2015

NRPA Lesa Meng College Scholarships

In June, NRPA awarded 2015 NRPA Lesa Meng College Scholarships to four graduates from area high schools. Congratulations to: Jacob Baretta, South Kingstown High; Erin Chille, North Kingstown High School; Jack Hall, Narragansett High School; and Dean Kareemo, North Kingstown High School. Read more about the winners and the scholarship.

Full Buck Moon Rising Over the Narrows
Sun Setting Behind Tower Hill
Great Blue Herons Landing on a Marsh
Ospreys Feeding Their Young

... and You Can Have a Front Row Seat
 

Please join us on Friday, July 31 for a spectacular sunset tour of Narrow River as Narrow River Kayaks presents the 8th Pettaquamscutt Paddle to benefit Narrow River Preservation Association. Arrive at Narrow River Kayaks at 5:00 p.m. for a brief orientation and presentation by NRPA Board members before setting out on this approximately 2.5-hour guided twilight tour of the lower Narrow River.

Pre-registration is required, and the tour is limited to 40 participants. For more information or to sign up now, email Jason Considine (or call 401-789-0334).

Visit our calendar page for more information about the Paddle.

Some of the 48 participants in the Pettaquamscutt Paddle on Saturday, July 21, 2012, greet the setting sun from a sand bar in the Narrows before returning to Middlebridge.


For more photos, go to:
http://www.facebook.com/NarrowRiverPreservationAssociation/photos 

Tenth Narrow River Turnaround Swim

 

138 swimmers took to the water on Saturday, June 27 in the Tenth Annual Narrow River Turnaround Swim.

Keenan Novis of Jamestown finished the one-mile loop swim first with a time of 20:43.

Stuart Cromarty of Manville was the first in the Westsuit Division and second overall with a time of 21:09.

Jessica Ackerman of Warwick placed first among women and sixth overall with a time of 22:11.

Jillian Schneider of Narragansett was first among women in the Wetsuit Division and 15th overall with a time of 24:31.

See complete results.                More pictures on Flickr.

You're never too young (or too old) to see What Lives in the River?

If you missed "What Lives in the River?" on June 13, we are going to do it all over again from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 20 as part of the Gansett Days celebration.

This Swim Will
be a 10!

Sign up now for the Tenth Narrow River Turnaround Swim on Saturday, June 27

The swim is limited to 150 entrants. 132 are registered as of June 23

Online registration closes at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25.

Narragansett 6th Graders Explore the River

The buses rolled into the Middlebridge Marina parking lot at 9:30 on Tuesday morning, June 9, with 100 6th Grade students from Narragansett Pier Middle School ready to explore Narrow River through science and art activities developed by NRPA Board members Richard Grant, Charlie Biddle and Veronica Berounsky and by Janet Stone, 6th Grade science teacher at the school. The students used seine nets to collect river creatures, sketched the riverscape, made fish prints on t-shirts, measured the amount of salinity and other parameters in the water, and pressed seaweed prints. But more importantly, they got wet, they became curious and enjoyed the hands-on learning. The event was sponsored by NRPA with a grant from the R.I. Rivers Council. See more pictures of the event.

A New Sign for an Old Friend

 

NRPA has repaired and updated the interpretive sign at the URI Boat Dock in the Lower Pond that tells the story of how W.E.R. La Farge donated parcels from his River Farm to help protect the river he loved so much.

Click the photo for a close-up view of the new La Farge Point Park sign.

W.E.R. was a founding member of Narrow River Preservation Association and each year NRPA awards the Friend of the River Award in his name.

AJ Fournier and Brian McNeiece Win
5K and 10K Runs in
28th Narrow River Road Race

AJ Fournier of North Kingstown (near right) and Brian McNeiece of Narragansett won the 5K Run and 10K Run, respectively, in the 28th Narrow River Road Race on Saturday May 9.

Fournier, who is the Assistant Coach of the URI Men's Rowing Team, finished the run from Treaty Rock Park on Middlebridge Road in South Kingstown to the Narragansett Town Beach in 19 minutes and 22 seconds.

McNeiece, who runs with the Narragansett Pacers, finished the 10K in 36:47.

In the Women's Division, Leslie Battle of Warwick, R.I., won the 5K Run with a time of 23:02 and Kate Cushing of Brooklyn, N.Y. won the 10K Run in 42:04.

Richard Rochette of Wakefield, R.I., reclaimed his Fast Man Walking title by walking the 5K course in 33 minutes and 25 seconds.

Follow these links for complete results in all three events:

2015 Narrow River Road Race 5K Run

5K Men's Division with Results by Age Group

5K Women's Division with Results by Age Group

2015 Narrow River Road Race 5K Walk

2015 Narrow River Road Race 10K Run

10K Men's Division with Results by Age Group

10K Women's Division with Results by Age Group

Road Race Photos

The 2015 Narrow River Road Race T-shirt features four sanderlings scurrying across the sand near the mouth of Narrow River, an image captured by NRPA Board member John McNamara. John, who has also provided pictures of eagles and osprey for previous editions of the T-shirt, was busy on race day capturing images of runners and walkers (some scurrying, some not), volunteers and spectators.

View John's photos on the NRPA Facebook page.

See more Road Race Photos on Flickr 

Narrow River Notes is the newsletter of the Narrow River Preservation Association. Published three times a year, the newsletter keeps the NRPA membership up to date on what is happening within the watershed.

Current Issue: Spring 2015

Pilot Program at Middlebridge Tests Methods for Enhancing Marsh Resiliency 

On March 23, the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service began a marsh restoration pilot study on the marsh just south of Middlebridge. The pilot is comparing two methods of “thin-layer deposition” in which a layer of sand is used to raise the elevation of the marsh surface and thus enable the marsh to keep up with sea level rise.

The pilot will compare the results of two 50 by 100 foot plots where roughly four inches (100 cubic yards) of sand were added.

With the hydraulic method used for the first plot, water, air and sand were combined in a tank and pumped onto the marsh. 

In the second plot, the layer of sand was spread using a Bobcat loader. 

USFWS scientists will be measuring sediment levels, vegetation response and peat compression (soil bulk density) throughout the year to help inform suggested methods for larger scale thin-layer deposition of material dredged from Narrow River later this year.

The work is part of a multi-prong USFWS effort to restore estuarine conditions in the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge in the Narrow River to enhance resiliency against sea level rise, climate change and future storm events.

See more pictures of the pilot study at Middlebridge.

Some of the tools in the Narrow River strategy include:

  • Dredging in selected locations to improve channel flow and promote eel grass growth
  • Marsh edge protection using coir logs and bagged oyster shells (a method also being evaluated near Middlebridge)
  • Digging runnels and repairing existing ones to improve surface drainage.

 

On Pettaquamscutt Series Wraps up with Talk on Marsh Adaptation

For the third and final presentation of the 2015 On Pettaquamscutt winter speaker series, Wenley Ferguson of Save the Bay and Nick Ernst of USFWS explained the various strategies for marsh adaptation being used in Narrow River and throughout the Narragansett Bay Estuary.

Click the title slide below to see Wenley's presentation.

 

Click the title slide below to see Nick's presentation.

Visit the Resource Management page of USFWS's John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge website for more information on the agency's plans to use thin-layer spraying of dredge sediment and other techniques to enhance the resiliency of salt marshes in e lower Narrow River.

Fish and Wildlife Seeks Public Comment
on Restoration Plans

As described in the two most recent issues of Narrow River Notes, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service plans to use thin-layer spraying of dredge sediment and other techniques to enhance the resiliency of salt marshes in the John H. Chafee Wildlife Refuge in the lower Narrow River. The agency is inviting public comment on a Draft Environmental Assessment which describes the proposed actions. The Draft Environmental Assessment and other documents are available at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center in Charlestown and on the Wildlife Refuge website. The public comment period ends November 30, 2014.

44th Annual Meeting

Jason Considine is 2014 Friend of the River


Richard Grant, President of the Narrow River Preservation Association (near right), presents Jason Considine of South Kingstown with the 2014 W.E.R. La Farge Memorial Friend of the River Award at the 44th NRPA Annual Meeting on October 2. The award recognizes Jason’s “leadership in founding and hosting the annual Pettaquamscutt Paddle each year since 2008, and for his generous support of NRPA’s annual kayak fundraising program.” Jason is the owner and operator of Narrow River Kayaks in Middlebridge, and is a member of the NRPA Board of Directors. 

Year in Pictures

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More about the Friend of the River Award

2014 Kayak Raffle

Sandra and Mark Crevier had the winning ticket in the 2014 NRPA Kayak Raffle drawn at the Annual Meeting on October 2.

And while they seemed pleased with their new Old Town Heron 9XT, their dog Scarlet is reserving judgement.

Many thanks to Jason Considine, who contributed the kayak and paddle for the raffle.

 

 

 

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