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Challenges Remain For The Narragansett Bay Watershed

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Narragansett Bay and its watershed are getting healthier, but more work to clean them up lies ahead, according to the fifth annual Watershed Counts...

Narragansett Bay and its watershed are getting healthier, but more work to clean them up lies ahead, according to the fifth annual Watershed Counts report.

The 2015 Watershed Counts report evaluates how the land and water in the Narragansett Bay region are doing. This year, the report is taking a close look at urban areas, where water quality is more stressed than in less developed areas.

The report spotlights local water quality projects throughout the watershed that are showing promising results, according to Tom Borden, program director of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, one of the initiative’s partners.

“So we highlighted some of the case stories of cities and nonprofit partners working together because there’s a need to have a lot more of those happen,” said Borden. “Part of the reason we are focusing on this is to show that to do these projects you need various partners. You need federal and state support, local support, nonprofit groups to get these things done.”

Borden said the projects have a wide scope, from planting trees to improving fish passages along rivers to removing excess nutrients from the bay.

The report examines the impact of runoff and climate change on water quality, and the ability of the public to access waters in more urban areas among other issues.

The Watershed Counts project is an initiative by a coalition of more than 60 nonprofits, local, state and federal agencies, and universities.

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This year's Watershed Counts report focuses on the health of urban areas of Narragansett Bay, such as the industrial Providence Waterfront
This year's Watershed Counts report focuses on the health of urban areas of Narragansett Bay, such as the industrial Providence Waterfront