So many people care for and enjoy the Narrow River Watershed. Local residents, visitors, businesses, non-profit organizations, local, state and federal government entities all have an impact on the health and well being of the watershed.
A non-profit organization for the preservation of conservation lands in the Narrow River Watershed.
The mission of Save The Bay is to ensure that the environmental quality of Narragansett Bay and its watershed is restored and protected from the harmful effects of human activity. Save The Bay seeks carefully planned use of the Bay and its watershed to allow the natural system to function normally and healthfully, both now and for the future.
Consistent with their worldwide mission, the Rhode Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy protects the lands and waters on which all life depends, including the Narrow River Watershed.
US Fish and Wildlife’s John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge at Pettaquamscutt Cove is a 550-acre refuge was established in 1973 to protect the population of black ducks that winter there. The refuge’s tidal salt marshes and forests attract many types of birds, including great egrets, herons, and several species of plovers and other shorebirds.
RI DEM works with NRPA and other partners to research and fund critical projects in the watershed. The development of the Narrow River Watershed Plan (expected by September 2018) will enable NRPA and other stakeholders to focus our efforts on the most needed activities to improve and protect the watershed.
The RI General Assembly created the RI Rivers Council to coordinate efforts to improve the quality of the state’s rivers and their watersheds. NRPA is a proud member of RIRC as the designated Watershed Council for the Narrow River Watershed.
Since 1992, NRPA’s volunteer river monitors have tested water in Narrow River and its major freshwater inputs from May through October as part of URI Watershed Watch.
Carr Pond and Gilbert Stuart Stream, at the northern end of the Narrow River, are home to the annual river herring migration. Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum hosts RI DEM scientists who count the fish as they migrate throughout the spring and provides an opportunity for the public to witness this ancient ritual at their Annual Spring Fair.
Each summer, Camp Grosvenor welcomes up to 200 campers ages 5-14 each week to their beautiful 95 acre campus on the Narrow River. The non-profit camp provides fun and educational activities including walking nature trails, swimming in the river and enjoying ropes challenge courses.
The Division 1 URI Women’s Rowing Team’s home is the Narrow River. They practice Fall and Spring and regularly volunteer to care for the watershed. Learn more about Shelagh and the team in this article from Narrow River Notes January 2017.
The University of Rhode Island Crew Club makes their home on the Narrow River at the Campanella Boathouse. The boathouse also serves high school students learning to row and a week of summer camp for elementary school aged kids who want to learn crew.
At Audubon Society of Rhode Island, an independent state environmental organization, you can walk, snowshoe or cross-country ski on a beautiful refuge, borrow a book, video or DVD, arrange a classroom program, learn about bird feeding, how animals survive the winter, vernal pools and more, host a child’s birthday party, buy a nature related gift, sign your child up for summer day camp, or participate in a wide menu of programs. ASRI is for more than the birds! We’re for helping educators (teachers can earn CE credits for attending), civic leaders, and citizens better understand the intricacies of Rhode Island’s ecosystems. Join our stimulating programs and workshops, visit our award-winning Environmental Education Center, and spread the word about conserving waters, forests, and grasslands in the Ocean State!
Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Management Council is primarily responsible for the preservation, protection, development and, where possible, the restoration of the coastal areas of the state via the implementation of its integrated and comprehensive coastal management plans and the issuance of permits for work with the coastal zone of the state.
SKLT protects lands throughout South Kingstown from future development, including an important 22 acre parcel of land along Middlebridge.