Thursday, January 18, 2018

Recalling the North Cape Oil Spill: Could it happen again, sooner than we think?

by Topher Hamblett, advocacy director

Twenty-two years ago today, on January 18, 1996, Rhode Islanders were shocked by the grounding of North Cape oil barge off of Moonstone Beach during a brutal nor’easter. It’s hull had ruptured, releasing 820,000 gallons of home heating oil into Rhode Island Sound and the Salt Ponds of the South Coast. The barge was being towed by the tugboat Scandia on a journey that never should have happened in the first place.

North Cape Oil Spill, January 18, 1996. Photo: E. Gundlach
The impact was devastating. An excerpt from Save The Bay’s Bay Bulletin in the Spring of 1996 tells the story:  “Millions of lobsters, surf clams, sea stars and other forms of marine life washed up dead and dying on the shores of Moonstone Beach. Hundreds of birds, including loons, sea ducks, gulls, and grebes were from the Rhode Island mainland and Block Island with only a few surviving. A 250-square-mile area surrounding the wrecked barge was closed to fishing and shellfishing, impacting the lives and jobs of many in the commercial fishing industry. Oil penetrated to a depth of three feet on the pristine Moonstone swimming beach, and estuarine ponds behind the barrier beach were polluted by saturated water.”

Images of dead marine life and oiled birds are seared into the memories of anyone who saw the reports on television or went to Moonstone Beach to see it for themselves or participate in the cleanup.

When news of disaster reached Save The Bay, we had to move fast (and remember, this was in the pre-internet age). Staff raced to the scene for up-to-the-minute information from the U.S. Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other responders, and to advocate for aggressive cleanup, damage assessments, and recovery plans. Volunteers had to be trained, on site, for bird rescue. 

At our small offices on Smith Street in Providence, it was all hands on deck. We set up a phone bank to manage the flood of calls from concerned citizens wanting to help with the rescue of marine life and cleanup of oiled shorelines. The response was overwhelming: more than 3,000 people called our offices, and we deployed and trained 1,200 volunteers to assist with federal and independent (our own) environmental damage assessments.  
The U.S. Coast Guard, which responded heroically to the North Cape disaster, designated Save The Bay as its official volunteer response organization for oil spill disasters – a role we play to this day.

In the aftermath of the North Cape incident, we worked with the Rhode Island General Assembly and Congressional delegation to strengthen laws to prevent such an event from happening again. Rhode Island Senator Charles Fogarty, U.S. Senator John Chafee, and Congressmen Jack Reed and Patrick Kennedy led the charge.

Today, on the 22nd anniversary of the North Cape disaster, the Trump Administration’s rush to open up the Atlantic coast to oil drilling should serve as a wake up call to take action, now, to stop it. Citizen response to the North Cape in 1996 was inspiring. You can help by:
  1. Signing our online petition opposing the President’s reckless plan and letting Secretary Ryan Zinke and the Bureau of Energy Management know that you oppose offshore oil drilling in New England waters.
  2. Joining us and making your voice heard! Show up – signs in hand – at the Providence Marriott Downtown, 1 Orms Street, on January 25, 3 - 7  p.m. to let the the Bureau of Energy Management know that this community opposes offshore oil drilling in New England waters.
  3. Supporting the New England Coastal Protection Act. Let your State and U.S. senators and representatives know you support this legislation that would permanently prohibit oil and gas drilling off the coasts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine.

Monday, January 8, 2018

The Evolution of a Save The Bay Internship

by Kaitlyn Cedergren, Save The Bay intern-turned-development assistant

During my senior year at Johnson and Wales University, working toward bachelor’s degrees in event planning and foodservice management, I was looking for an internship, but wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. I stumbled upon Save the Bay’s events internship opportunity and decided to apply. Save The Bay headquarters are located at the very back of the Johnson and Wales Harborside Campus property on the Providence-Cranston line, and despite having lived on campus for the previous three years, the day of my interview was my first day stepping into the Bay Center. I think it was one of the best decisions I could have ever made.

Kaitlyn working the beverage table at Save The Bay's
2017 Artists for the Bay Show Opening Reception.
I began my time at Save The Bay as an events intern, soaking up as much information and taking advantage of as many opportunities as I could. I was also beginning my MBA studies with a concentration in nonprofit business. The timing was great, because not only could I use my major and help coordinate fun events like Taste of the Bay and the Save The Bay Swim, but I was also able to help in other areas of the organization, including volunteering and development. Those experiences, in turn, helped with my school work as I was able to apply real world examples to my in-class learning. I felt like my internship was giving me event experience and future career experience as well.

And in fact, after my four-month internship, I offered a part-time development assistant role, followed by an opportunity to help our Volunteer Manager as well. In my new role at Save The Bay, I do a lot of office work, but I am also able to connect with members, volunteers, and supporters while making thank you calls, while working at volunteer opportunities and events, and at our Bay Center or Aquarium. Making these connections is one of my favorite aspects of the job. Save The Bay’s team and our supporters are full of knowledge. I can say that everyone I have worked with at Save the Bay has taught me something new about the Bay or about the organization and its work. 

I am able to see, each and every day, individuals who want to make a change and use their strengths to do it. We are a small nonprofit with a mission to “protect and improve Narragansett Bay,” and to do this work, so many hands go into helping. The work isn’t just the education team teaching the next generation or the policy team fighting for legislation. It is also the marketing team sharing our messages, the development team cultivating relationship that can last over 40 years, the volunteers who cleanup the beaches and dig creeks in the salt marsh, and so much more.

Kaitlyn (left) with her cousins and mom
at Long Sands Beach in New York in 1997.
I am from a small town in Maine, with a beach within a mile of my backyard. I grew up on the water and I actually have a wave tattoo on my foot, so that I can always walk near the ocean. Every summer growing up, I practically lived on the beach, and I was an avid paddle boarder and kayaker. I was so excited when I moved to Rhode Island to have the water in my backyard once again. Between stressful classes, walking along the Bay has been one of the most relaxing things to do and is now a habit for my roommates and me. Now, coming to work each day and seeing the view of the Bay makes every day great.

Truthfully, walking into Save the Bay on my first day, I could tell you that there was water in the Bay, that it looked pretty, and that I had heard it needed help. Now I am able to share information about the critters that live in the Bay, talk about why the Bay needs protections, and most importantly, explain why Save the Bay does what it does. I am extremely appreciative to have the opportunity to work with an organization that allows me to grow individually and in my career.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Reflecting on Our Members as We Ring in 2018

by Jackie Carlson, membership manager

Ringing in each new year always presents a wonderful chance to reflect back on the past year. For Save The Bay, 2017 was a another strong year of continuing our mission “to protect and restore Narragansett Bay.” We achieved success in initiatives ranging from dune restoration projects and educational program enhancements to continuing to support volunteers in the cleanup of thousands of pounds of trash along our shorelines. Because we’re a member-based organization, none of this work is possible without the support of our members.

Happily, we had the opportunity in 2017 to welcome more than 500 new members to Save The Bay. They joined us through the Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport, the South Coast Center in Westerly and in person at the Bay Center in Providence, as well as through mailings and our website. And in addition to supporting Save The Bay through membership, our members are active in so many roles other throughout the organization— volunteering at cleanups, visiting our Exploration Center, joining us on Seal Tours, sending their children to BayCamp to help educate the next generation and helping spread the word to their own families and friends about the importance and value of being a Save The Bay member.
Save The Bay Membership Manager Jackie
Carlson on a seal tour with her husband, Rob,
and kids Juliette and Matthew - all proud
Save The Bay members.

As a thank you to our members, we are pleased to offer discounts on our seal and lighthouse tours, summer BayCamps, and Save The Bay merchandise. We are also so proud to partner with local businesses who generously offer additional benefits to our members. Our Family Members receive free admission for up to 2 adults and 4 children per visit to our Exploration Center and Aquarium. And all Save The Bay members receive our bi-annual Tides magazine and monthly e-updates. 

As we come to a close on the “Season of Giving,” I would like to thank ALL our members and supporters - from the new members who joined us in 2017 to our most loyal members who have been with us since 1970. Thank you for your continued support! As we look ahead to 2018, we look forward to welcoming more new members and continuing to work with our loyal members. Together, we can Save The Bay! Thank you!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Falling for the Bay: Central Falls students discover their role in the watershed

by Elizabeth Droge-Young, Ph.D., communications intern

Local high school students dove into learning about the Bay this June—one of them quite literally. While scanning the beach at Colt State Park for interesting animals to show his classmates, a fully dressed student spotted a horseshoe crab a few yards offshore and enthusiastically pursued it, dry clothing be damned. 

The horseshoe crab-hunter was one of the Central Falls High School students participating in a weeklong educational program with Save The Bay, exploring Bay habitats and human influences on its health. The group visited sites from Lonsdale Marsh in Lincoln down to Easton’s Beach in Newport, where they observed biodiversity, cleaned up trash and put their linguistic skills to the test in a salt marsh-themed rap battle. 

“Our students going out with Save The Bay and actually seeing the concepts they’re reading about gives them a tangible piece to understand environmental science,” says Laura Stanish, Central Falls High School science teacher and partner in Save The Bay’s education program. 

Central Falls High School students
use watershed models to explore their impact on the Bay.
Exploration and hands-on learning in the Central Falls High School camp is part of Save The Bay’s overarching education goal of inspiring future stewards of the Bay, says Bridget Kubis Prescott, director of education. “We see education as the cornerstone of our advocacy goals. We’re working with future decision makers, giving them real-world experiences to help them understand their own backyard.” 

The Central Falls High School campers are part of the 600 students who participate in Save The Bay summer programming and the 15,400 students the organization sees through the calendar year. For some of the students, these programs serve as a first introduction to Narragansett Bay, which educators leverage to show each person’s connection to the Bay and its health. 

Save The Bay works with school administrators and teachers alike to ensure that programming bolsters the school district’s educational goals. For Stanish, this means that in addition to the brief summer camp, Save The Bay provides real world experiences during the school year to illustrate concepts she teaches in her environmental sciences courses during the school year. 

Stanish’s students take multiple trips a month to Lonsdale Marsh to survey vegetation, take water quality measurements, assess human impact, and explore the biodiversity of the area—all neatly dovetailing with learning objectives for the class. In addition to collecting actual data on their nearby marsh, students develop learning modules for local fifth-graders and present their data and educational materials to Save The Bay staff at two conferences a year. 

A canoe trip on the Blackstone River and a boat ride south to Prudence Island teach a final lesson about stewardship: “Our students don’t necessarily think that what they do in Central Falls is going to impact Jamestown or Narragansett down south, but seeing how the waterways all connect makes them more aware of their impact on the world around them,” Stanish says. 

Students examine a horseshoe crab
they caught at Colt State Park.
The relationship with Central Falls High School is a shining example of Save The Bay’s educational goals: “We want to develop full service programs that are integrated into the schools’ curriculum—where the Bay, and by extension the watershed, are natural extensions of their classroom,” says Prescott. 

Funded by a three-year National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration B-WET Grant, it’s also an example of the type of educational opportunities at risk if federal support of STEM and environmental education efforts diminishes.
And how did all of this learning go over with the students? One camper said it was “fun learning about saving the bay.” And for three students in the group, they’ll also carry bragging rights for performing the best salt marsh-themed rap of the year, including their score on a scavenger hunt: 
“It’s muddy, it’s muddy, many almost sunk/Yelling, I’m melting, I’m melting, get me I’m stuck/Let’s go find crabs and we’ll discover, we’ll hunt/Hurry up let’s go and get some mud/Let’s put it on our face and get the 50 points/We just made 100, highest score yet/Yeah let’s just leave it there, there’s still no comp yet.” 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

What's going down in Charlestown?

by David Prescott, South County Coastkeeper

Last year, the town of Charlestown was the proud recipient of a multi-year grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Working in partnership with us here at Save The Bay, plus the University of Rhode Island and the Salt Ponds Coalition, the town of Charlestown will use the funding from this Coastal Watershed Restoration Grant for the “implementation of a series of methods to obtain quantifiable reduction and mitigation of nutrient impacts to groundwater and surface water bodies located within Charlestown’s South Shore Salt Ponds Watershed of Green Hill, Ninigret, and Quonochontaug Ponds.”

So…. what exactly are we trying to do with this grant? Well, several things. The town of Charlestown will be upgrading 15 substandard conventional septic systems with newer systems that utilize nitrogen-reducing technology, to reduce the amount of nitrogen going into the salt ponds. The University of Rhode Island will be sampling 50 existing nitrogen-reducing on-site wastewater treatment systems over a three year period and using the results to optimize this technology. The Salt Ponds Coalition will set up two new sampling stations in the highly impacted Green Hill Pond area to analyze and track nutrient impacts. And Save The Bay will be installing six rain gardens within the study area to promote stormwater infiltration and serve as public demonstration projects.
Students planting rain garden at Hamilton Elementary School
Hamilton Elementary School students plant a rain garden
in the school playground with Save The Bay. 

Over the past decade, Save The Bay has been actively working with local municipalities, community organizations, and schools to design and install rain gardens as a way to teach the public about their benefits to our local water bodies – and of course, to reduce polluted runoff. Rain gardens are shallow, planted depressions that soak up 30% more water than traditional grass, absorbing rainwater from roofs, driveways, and other hard surfaces, and keeping it from running into the road and down storm drains. For more information on rain gardens, including great web links, check out page 11 of our recent publication, Bay-Friendly Living: Yard care and lifestyle tips to save time, money and the Bay.

Rain Garden illustration

For the Charlestown project, this past fall, Save The Bay and Charlestown town staff surveyed and ranked several town properties this past fall for possible rain garden locations. The first two rain gardens will be planted this spring. In addition, Bay-Friendly Living will be distributed to homeowners within the study area of this grant.

We’re looking forward to working over the next couple of years with our partners on this Watershed Restoration Grant. Partnerships are so important when trying to tackle complex historic water quality issues within the watershed. Stay tuned for further updates!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Will we fare better than Puerto Rico?

by Mike Jarbeau, Narragansett Baykeeper

The Atlantic hurricane season came to an end as November rolled into December, and for many of us it brought a small sense of relief as the threat of tropical weather wound down. But for many, recovery from the storms that affected major portions of the United States will be measured in years and billions of dollars. As an officer in the Coast Guard Reserve, I was recently sent to one such place, Puerto Rico, where I spent two months assisting with response and recovery operations on the island.
U.S. Coast Guard photo of boat washed up on shore in Puerto Rico after Hurrican Maria
The devastation in Puerto Rico was beyond anything I had imagined. As Hurricane Maria tore over the island, little was spared. Homes and other buildings were leveled. Transportation systems and the power grid were destroyed. Drinking water supplies, wastewater treatment facilities, and other key components of modern civilization simply ceased to exist.

Sound familiar? For many in Rhode Island, the answer is no. While the state has experienced significant storms in recent years, we haven’t been hit by a Category 3 or higher storm since Hurricane Carol in 1954. Carol destroyed thousands of homes and sent more than 14 feet of storm surge up Narragansett Bay into Providence. And only those most seasoned Rhode Islanders will remember the Hurricane of 1938, which killed hundreds, flooded much of the state, and altered the coastal and Bay ecology to such an extent that researchers are still sorting through the effects.

boats washed into condominiums in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria
While it’s impossible to fully prepare for a major hurricane or emergency, we know they’re inevitable. And we need to do what we can to minimize the short- and long-term impacts. In Rhode Island, we are lucky to have many forward-thinking agencies and institutions looking at the state’s resiliency, or ability of our communities, infrastructure, and environment to recover from disasters. It’s not just storm threats – the Ocean State is changing. Sea level has risen 9.3 inches in Newport since 1930, and the trend is upward, with some estimates predicting another 9 feet of sea level rise by 2100. Narragansett Bay’s average water temperature has risen approximately 3 degrees Fahrenheit since 1960, and the Bay ecosystem is evolving due to natural and human stressors.

These environmental changes, along with the urbanization of Rhode Island since the 1938 storm, make it difficult to imagine the impact a major hurricane might have on the state. Hurricane models developed at URI have shown that a storm with some of the 1938 and 1954 characteristics could lead to significant flooding in downtown Providence despite the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier. Such a storm would undoubtedly have extreme impacts on the Port of Providence’s exposed fuel terminals, scrap metal operations, and the Fields Point Wastewater Treatment Facility, all of which are located south of the barrier.

Resilience isn’t just a buzzword. In Rhode Island, we have the knowledge to begin taking positive steps toward improving the state’s ability to deal with changing environmental conditions and more intense storms. Resilience isn’t something you can develop after a disaster while wondering what to do with the remnants of destroyed homes, impassible roads, failed infrastructure, and environmental disasters. It will take serious planning and political will to make difficult decisions. In September, Governor Raimondo acknowledged the importance of adapting to changing environmental conditions in the state with an Executive Order outlining Rhode Island's Action Plan to Stand Up to Climate Change. The Executive Order directs the establishment of a statewide resiliency plan to help guide Rhode Island’s future resiliency efforts, but only time will tell if those efforts will move beyond paper and into meaningful action.

Coast Guard ship off the coast of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Thursday, November 30, 2017

When you think you can't make an impact... think again.

by Angela Surrusco, communications intern
Angela Surrusco, cleanup leader, holds the Save The Bay sign
Angela Surrusco, communications intern,
co-leads the South Kingstown Beach cleanup
on International Coastal Cleanup Day
You may be stuck thinking that as just one person, you don’t have the ability to make a true difference. After attending my first International Coastal Cleanup event, I quickly learned that every person present makes an impact on the global effort for trash-free seas. Through my internship with Save The Bay, I served as a cleanup leader at South Kingstown Town Beach, one of many locations throughout the world where volunteers were collecting trash from shorelines and recording the data for Ocean Conservancy. I was thrilled to be a part of the International Coastal Cleanup in Rhode Island, joining millions of volunteers all over the world taking action to protect the oceans from harmful trash.

Despite the large-scale nature of this project, you can still feel a strong sense of community with all of the participants sharing a common goal. Having grown up in southern Connecticut and moved to the Ocean State for college, I have happily spent my entire life near the coast. Some of my earliest, and favorite, memories took place by the beach, ever since I was a two-year old playing in the sand with my brothers. As I grew, so did my appreciation for the water. From sunbathing by the waves until the sun set below the trees, to kayaking with my friends as a teenager, being on the coast has shaped my life and given me so much joy. Because of this passion, I became interested in the environment and began to wonder if I could do anything to improve it. These small states I call home are a part of something greater, and my love of the water and desire to protect it is something I can share with anyone around the globe.

Volunteers record and weigh the trash
they collect. 
Given that this cleanup event occurs internationally, one individual person may feel somewhat insignificant in the big picture. However, imagine what would happen if we did not have the 2,000+ volunteers in our state coming together to help out with this critical cause. In 2017, these volunteers collected over 16,000 pounds of trash from the beaches in Rhode Island alone. When reviewing all of the data for how much trash has been collected, you will see, as I did, that every person involved contributes in some way to these numbers.

As I stood by our Save The Bay table, handing out data sheets and trash bags, I made a note of the people I encountered. Young children, adults, college students, professors, entire families- we had a wide variety of volunteers. This collection of people made the point that everybody, regardless of age, profession, etc., cares about beach cleanups and the health of the Bay. If you enjoy your days laying out on the state’s beaches, boating, fishing, vacationing with friends and family, eating seafood dinners, know that the effort of our volunteer community is the main reason you are able to do so.

You can participate in a beach cleanup with Save The Bay anytime from Spring through Fall. A goal of the event, besides the obvious, is to inspire volunteers to develop positive lifelong habits. It worked for me. After just one cleanup, I found myself picking up pieces of trash the next time I visited a beach, which naturally was the next day, and taking an extra minute to make sure I did not leave anything behind. With this incredible experience, I witnessed crowds of people come together for just a few hours to help make progress on our mission to protect and improve the Narragansett Bay.

Monday, November 27, 2017

How healthy is your local urban ecosystem?

A student from Central Falls High School wades in
the Blackstone River in search of living organisms. 
By Jenn Kelly, After School Program Manager

How healthy is your local urban ecosystem?

That is the question four local high school environmental science classes are trying to answer.

Students from Central Falls High School, 360 High School in Providence, and Woonsocket High School are participating with Save The Bay's “Narragansett Bay Field Studies” program. Throughout the school year, they head out into nature to study their local environment and conduct routine tests with us, examining water quality and human impacts and identifying vegetation. By the end of the school year, they'll have collected data continuously and will present an assessment of their findings on the health of their local environment.

A student from 360 High School tests the
pH of water in Narragansett Bay. 
The Narragansett Bay Field Studies program also includes a full-day marine science cruise aboard our education vessel with a stop at Prudence Island to investigate a salt marsh. There, students pull on boots and waders to explore the marsh at Jenny’s Creek, looking for fiddler crabs, ribbed mussels and mummichogs.

Working in partnership with each of the high schools’ environmental science teachers, each class will also be working on a civic action project of their choice. 360 High School has been researching microplastic pollution while Central Falls High School is researching recycling. Tune back in during spring 2018 for our results!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Critter Tale - Smooth Dogfish Shark

Phoebe Finn, communications intern

Hello! I’m a Smooth dogfish shark, and I am new here at Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium! I’m visiting the Exploration Center from Narragansett Bay, where I grew up and will spend the rest of my life. That is, after a short stay here. I’m only a couple of years old and probably won’t fit in this four-foot deep tank by the time I’m a full grown adult, but that’s okay, because one of my friends from the Bay will be happy to take my spot for me once I head back into open waters.

I was super-excited to hang out with some new friends, but the Chain dogfish in my tank are nocturnal and sleep all day long! So I swim around near the surface and watch them get woken up by the curious horseshoe crab. And I spend a lot of time trying to check out the little humans who seem so delighted to see me here.

These little humans try to touch me, and sometimes I let them, but my tank is deep enough to avoid their fingers if I’m feeling a little shy that day. They think I will swim right into their hands, but little do they know that I can feel their heartbeat through the water, similar to a wave. New humans kind of scare me, so I usually wait for them to hang around my tank for a while before I come up to say hello. Most people act afraid of me, but I am much more afraid of them.

Most dogfish love to play around in shallow waters anywhere from Massachusetts to Florida, but the Bay is my favorite place. I love to swim with other young sharks, horseshoe crabs and fish in the cold water. I am a bottom dweller in the Bay, which means I eat crustaceans and small bivalves off the ocean floor and rarely get seen by humans.

I will become a mom once I reach maturity in a couple of years, which is pretty exciting. I will lay up to 20 delicate egg pouches, called Mermaid Purses, which take close to eleven months to hatch into little shark pups! The Bay will be a safe and healthy place for me to raise my pups.

It’s cool that all of the marine animals at the Exploration Center have a safe place to live and the ability to teach humans about themselves and the environment. I am happy to be hanging out here for a couple of weeks before I get back into Narragansett Bay, where I will eventually grow into a mature shark and have shark pups of my own to protect!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Strength in Numbers Since 1970 - Tides

By Jackie Carlson, membership and individual giving manager

Save The Bay is a member-based, non-profit organization. For nearly 50 years, we have relied on the generosity of our members to carry out our mission “to protect and improve Narragansett Bay.” Membership dues and donations go directly to work supporting important programs and services in all areas of the organization, from the Baykeeper, Coastkeeper and Riverkeeper positions as “Watchdogs of the Bay,” to educators teaching the next generation of Bay stewards, to the restoration team helping to restore and improve the coastal habitats of Narragansett Bay and its watershed. Members also keep our aquariums running, our critters alive and healthy, our boats on the water connecting community members to our Bay, and our team of dedicated staff in the business of advocating for our natural resources.

In nearly 50 years, Save The Bay has grown from the small group of members who got us started, to the thousands of loyal families, and generations of families, who keep us going. What’s more, our members come from not only the Narragansett Bay region, but from around the country and even the globe.

The Exploration Center & Aquarium is a favorite place 
for our family members to spend an afternoon. 
We couldn’t do what we do without our members. And that’s why we are happy to offer member-only benefits, from discounts on Save The Bay merchandise, to member-pricing on Seal Tours and BayCamps, to discounts with local businesses and partners who appreciate our members and their commitment to the Bay as much as we do. Thanks to one of our partners, Corvias Solutions, Save The Bay Family Members also enjoy free admission to the Exploration Center & Aquarium in Newport, where visitors can learn all about the critters found in Narragansett Bay and get an up-close experience with many of these marine animals. Since July 2016, 4,225 family members have taken advantage of this benefit at our aquarium.

You don’t have to be an individual or a family to be a member. Business Memberships are an essential piece of our membership base, because small and large company members educate their customers about the important work Save The Bay is doing and expand our membership base by reaching new audiences on our behalf. Our Business Members help us continue to make the Narragansett Bay region a great place to live and work.

As we reflect on the first nearly 50 years of Save The Bay and look to the future, we can confidently say that our members are essential to our success. From our first members, many of whom still support us today, to our new members who have just joined—we are thankful for each and every one, and we look forward to continuing to work with you to protect and improve Narragansett Bay.

Honoring Our Members
It takes a community to save a Bay, and our partners at Corvias help us to pay it forward by sponsoring Member Days at our Exploration Center & Aquarium in Newport. One of our most popular member benefits is made possible by their generous support. This year more than 25,000 people visited the Exploration Center & Aquarium, and nearly 5,000 of those were members who received free admission thanks to Corvias. “Without the members of Save The Bay, a clean and healthy Narragansett Bay wouldn’t be possible,” said Corvias founder John Picerne. “A strong membership is vital to Save The Bay’s mission, which is why we choose to sponsor admission for members to the Exploration Center & Aquarium,” he added.