Discover Your Bay

A Treasure That Needs Protecting

Narragansett Bay is a designated estuary of unparalleled beauty and national significance. Estuaries are among the most diverse and biologically productive ecosystems on earth.

Unfortunately, it has become the resting place for sewage and pollutants.

It is spawning ground, nursery and habitat for more than 60 species of fish and shellfish, more than 200 bird species, and marine mammals. Due to human pollution, some of its most important marine species have declined dramatically.

Narragansett Bay provides recreational opportunities to millions of people in Rhode Island and Massachusetts who live, work and play within its watershed. It welcomes more than 100,000 fishermen each year, and over 32,000 recreational boats cruise my waters. Every summer, the Bay takes in too much nitrogen from polluted runoff.

Narragansett Bay is a living classroom and its future is in the hands of the next generation of Bay users and policymakers. Thousands of kids are introduced to the Bay through Save The Bay's classroom and shipboard programming where they discover endless possibilities for exploration.

Narragansett Bay provides a quality of life that attracts businesses, industries, and more than 12 million visitors each year, generating jobs and billions of dollars for the regional economy. More than 40% of its waters are closed to shell-fishing because of bacterial pollution.

Narragansett Bay is truly an environmental treasure. The Bay connects communities in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts with the Atlantic Ocean. It is the greatest public asset and the symbol of the region's history and culture.

Tiverton boats in the morning

Your contribution helps Save The Bay to:

  • Oppose destructive coastal development projects and to advocate for better laws and regulations toward keeping the Bay clean.
  • Restore productive eelgrass beds, the nurseries for fish and marine life.
  • Identify, plan, and fund the restoration of degraded salt marshes so that property is protected and drinking water is safe.
  • Educate your children and grandchildren so that future generations can enjoy a healthy Bay.

We need your help.