Narragansett Baykeeper

Narragansett BAYKEEPER

The Watchdog of Narragansett Bay

As Save The Bay's "eyes and ears" on Narragansett Bay, the Baykeeper program identifies and responds to environmental threats by keeping in close contact with members of the Bay community and with environmental agencies.  

Meet the Baykeeper

Save The Bay’s Narragansett Baykeeper is Mike Jarbeau. By working alongside our government agencies, and sometimes holding them accountable, Mike upholds Save The Bay's goal to protect the Bay and to restore water quality, habitat, and ecological health to the system. Follow BayKeeper Mike on Twitter

About the Baykeeper program

Save The Bay launched the Narragansett Baykeeper program in 1993 to strengthen our direct action, legal and regulatory watchdogging, and pollution response capacity. 

A key part of the Baykeeper program is maintaining a physical presence on the Bay. However, much of the work is done in meetings, out in communities, on the telephone, and at the computer. Through the Narragansett Baykeeper, Save The Bay continually weighs in on development projects, management plans, discharge permits, and other activities that could affect the ecological integrity and public enjoyment of our Bay, its tributaries and watersheds. We engage in the collection and interpretation of data to inform the public and affect policy.

We urge our public officials to make the protection of our most valuable resource a top priority in their decision-making, and hold them accountable for actions that may affect Bay quality. Lastly, we keep the public informed through the press, our newsletters, and social media.


Like the South County Coastkeeper, the Narragansett Baykeeper is affiliated with the Waterkeeper Alliance, which now has more than 175 programs worldwide. They are both part of network of specialists with a passion for defending the environment and a devotion to working in their communities.