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.


Narrow River Land Trust

A non-profit organization for the preservation of conservation lands in the Narrow River Watershed.

Save The Bay

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.

The Nature Conservancy

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 Service

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.

The RI Department of Environmental Management

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.

Rhode Island Rivers Council

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.

URI Watershed Watch


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.

Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum

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.

Camp Grosvenor: Boys and Girls Club of Newport County

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.

URI Rowing and Coach Shelagh Donohoe

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.

URI Crew Club, OARS and and Campanella Boathouse

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.

Audubon Society of RI

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!

Coastal Resources Management Council

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.

South Kingstown Land Trust

SKLT protects lands throughout South Kingstown from future development, including an important 22 acre parcel of land along Middlebridge.


New England Grassroots Environmental Fund

The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF) is a small grants program designed to foster and give voice to grassroots environmental initiatives in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. It provides grants of up to $2,500 to fuel civic engagement, local activism, and social change.

Earth Share of New England

Earth Share of New England was established in 1992 to foster environmental philanthropy through public education and workplace giving. The membership of Earth Share of New England consists of local, national and international environmental nonprofit organizations dedicated to a wide variety of issues, from protecting clean water and air to preserving open space, promoting clean energy, strengthening environmental education, saving endangered species and providing safe, enjoyable outdoor recreation.

Southern RI Conservation District

The mission of the SRICD is to promote and achieve a healthy environment and sustainable use of natural resources for the people of Kent & Washington Counties and the State of Rhode Island, now and for the future, by coordinating partners to provide technical, educational and financial resources.

Surf Rider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.

Center for Watershed Protection

Founded in 1992, the Center for Watershed Protection is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation that provides local governments, activists, and watershed organizations around the country with the technical tools for protecting some of the nation’s most precious natural resources: our streams, lakes and rivers.

River Network

River Network’s Mission is to help people understand, protect and restore rivers and their watersheds. We envision a nation whose rivers are cared for by those who use them and live in their watershed. Our constituency is comprised of grassroots river and watershed conservation organizations, public agencies, tribal governments and coalitions, and others working to save freshwater ecosystems.

Salt Ponds Coalition

The Salt Ponds Coalition was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1986 to act as a focal point for programs designed to preserve nine coastal salt ponds along Rhode Island Atlantic coastline. In 1993, the Salt Ponds Coalition merged with The Rhode Island Salt Pond Watchers to further their collective efforts to protect and preserve these ponds.