NEIWPCC manages NBEP’s personnel, contract, grant, and budget tasks and participates on the Management and Executive Committees.
Located on the north side of Rhode Island Sound, Narragansett Bay is New England’s largest estuary. The bay covers 147 square miles of scenic waterscape, is home to over forty islands, and serves as a natural harbor for the area. While most of the bay itself is located in Rhode Island, 60 percent of its 1,853 square mile watershed is actually in Massachusetts (the other 40 percent is in Rhode Island).
In 1987, Narragansett Bay was deemed an estuary of national significance in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program. Narragansett Bay is threatened by land development, increasing populations, water pollution, species decline, and habitat loss and degradation.
The NBEP works to protect and restore clean water, fish, wildlife, and habitats; manage local land for conservation and for the community; and manage climate change impacts to the area’s natural systems. To continue progress toward these goals, key actions were documented in the 2012 revisions of the Program’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Narragansett Bay. These priority actions include: