The state’s management plan that zones offshore waters for renewable energy projects is getting an update. The first public meeting for stakeholders is happening Thursday at the University of Rhode Island.
The Ocean Special Area Management Plan, or SAMP for short, is a planning tool that allows the state to balance both the economy and the environment as it pursues offshore energy projects. It includes about 15-hundred square miles of portions of Block Island Sound, Rhode Island Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean.
It’s the nation’s first federally recognized plan for managing and planning activities in an ocean environment.
This is the plan the state used to identify the site for the Block Island Wind Farm. This round of updates will focus on four areas: recreation, commercial fisheries, maritime commerce, and natural resources.
The meetings are open to the public.
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