Beaches are a critical component of Narragansett Bay’s recreational appeal, and beach closures reduce the quality of life for both residents and tourists.
Plankton expert Tatiana Rynearson, URI professor of oceanography, provides answers to some of the pressing questions about Narragansett Bay's latest toxic bloom.
In Rhode Island state ocean waters, the nation’s first wind farm is operational and generating power. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has contracted the University of Rhode Island to document the effects of the Block Island Wind Farm on recreation and tourism.
University of Rhode Island researchers and students have created an interactive, multimedia story about one laboratory's work to map underwater habitats throughout several national parks along the East Coast.
WESTPORT, Mass. — The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science & Technology researchers were recently awarded $525,967 by the Environmental Protection Agency to determine whether the development of oyster colonies can restore estuaries and salt ponds endangered by high nitrogen levels.
NEWPORT, R.I. — They look like small, floating Dumpsters, they work much like pool skimmers and they need to be treated like boats. Their job is to keep Newport Harbor clean — a task not limited to cleaning up after people.
Last year, for the first time in more than a decade, harmful nitrogen pollution in Buzzards Bay didn’t get worse, reflecting an encouraging pause in the decline of the health of local harbors, coves and tidal rivers across the South Coast and Cape Cod’s western shore.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a proposal to designate a dredged material disposal site to serve the eastern Long Island Sound region.
Federal grant money, combined with municipal and private contributions, will be used to help improve ecosystem health in Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay.
STAMFORD, Conn. — Long Island Sound and its bays and estuaries are critical to quality of life throughout the region. Although much progress has been made reducing the amount of nitrogen discharged from sewage treatment plants, pollution exceeds levels that allow marine habitats to survive.
In support of a significant water-quality initiative, the state of Massachusetts recently awarded a $950,000 grant to Barnstable County to provide assistance to Cape Cod communities as they develop plans to restore local waters to levels that meet state water-quality standards.
Much like the sudden onslaught of weeds overtaking your garden, algal blooms can rapidly transform from coastal nuisance to massive ecosystem threat. Research by scientists at the University of Rhode Island and Salve Regina University reveals new details about the life cycle of these macroalgal blooms that will aid in better management and protection of important coastal resources.