Narrow River Preservation Association
Thursday, May 26, 2016
NRPA: Working since 1970 to preserve, protect, and restore Narrow River and its watershed.

11th Narrow River Turnaround Swim
Set for June 25

On Saturday, June 25, more than 125 swimmers will return to the URI Campanella Rowing Center for the 11th Annual Narrow River Turnaround Swim. They’ll set off from the beach adjacent to the rowing center dock at 9:00 a.m., swim around a buoy a half mile down river, and head back to the beach.

This one-mile loop swim celebrates the joy of open-water swimming and the natural beauty of the Narrow River, and raises money for the NRPA’s education, preservation and protection efforts, including the NRPA River Watch water-monitoring program, now starting its 25th year.

Here’s your chance to:

 ♦  Swim outdoors after a winter in the pool

 ♦  Discover the beauty of the Narrow River

 ♦  Enjoy a little competition (the best time last year was 20:43)

 ♦  Support the educational and watershed preservation work of NRPA.

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Download the 2016 Turnaround Swim Fact Sheet and Mail-in Application


29th Narrow River Road Race

Browse the Road Race Photo Album on Flickr

Mary D’Arcy of Wakefield and Ray Sikorowicz of Lincoln display awards for first place finishes in the Narrow River Road Race 5K Run on Saturday, May 14. Ray completed the run from Treaty Rock Park in South Kingstown to Narragansett Beach in 18 minutes 5 seconds for the best time overall. Mary ran the course in 22:23 for the best time in the Women’s Division and the seventh overall.

Click these links for complete 5K Run results:

♦ 5K Run

♦ Men's Division with results by age group

♦ Women's Division with results by age group

Andy Hale of Cambridge, Mass. won the 10K Run in 40:07 and Kaitlyn Hughes of Manville, R.I. was the first women to complete the event. Her time of 44:34 was fifth overall. Click these links for complete 10K Run results:

♦ 10K Run

♦ Men's Division with results by age group  

♦ Women's Division with results by age group

The USA Track & Field (USATF) certified 10K course (#RI06004RN) starts at Narragansett Town Beach, turns at Treaty Rock Park in South Kingstown, and returns to the beach. The 5K course (#RI06005RN) starts at Treaty Rock Park and finishes at the beach, where prizes are awarded to first place male and female finishers in each of six age categories for the 10K Run, 5K Run and 5K Walk.

Sponsors Make it Happen


Many thanks to the local businesses and individuals whose financial support is helping us produce the 29th Narrow River Road Race and other 2016 NRPA events:

AAA Northeast  A Quick Tire  All That Matters  Brickley's Ice Cream

Camire's Athletic Soles   Dave's Marketplace  Durkin Cottage Realty

Hebert Design/Build  Lawrence Goldberg Law   Dr. and Mrs. Edward Mazze

Nardolillo Funeral Home  SmithCo Oil Service  Wakefield Liquors  Wickford Factory Outlet


Narrow River Notes

Download the Spring 2016 issue of Narrow River Notes for:

  • Tips on Boater Safety

  • Schedule of Events on the River and a list of 2016 NRPA Events Sponsor

  • Profiles of our two new Board members

  • Articles about the Science Fair Award, outreach to local schools and the mascot for this year's road race
Narrow River Notes is the newsletter of the Narrow River Preservation Association. Published three times a year, the newsletter keeps the NRPA membership up to date on what is happening within the watershed.

29th Narrow River Road Race
Saturday, May 14

Please join us on Saturday, May 14, for the 29th Narrow River Road Race, featuring a 10K Run, 5K Run and 5K Walk along the river in Narragansett and South Kingstown.

The shad will be blooming along the coastal ponds, the osprey have already returned to their nest above the Narrows and a gentle breeze will be blowing in from the Atlantic. It's a great way to enjoy some friendly competition, the beauty of the river and coastal R.I., and help NRPA in its mission to protect the Narrow River and its watershed. Proceeds from the race fund programs such as NRPA River Watch and the NRPA Lesa Meng College Scholarship.

The 2016 Narrow River Road Race is a USA Track & Field Sanctioned Event.

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Fourth Graders Follow Ospreys' Journey North

Mrs. Wood's Fourth Grade class at Monsignor Clark School in Wakefield recently examined the features of ospreys that make them so well adapted for catching fish. They also received a lesson on the osprey's spring migration from as far as the Amazon Rain Forest to New England nesting grounds. They are tracking the daily progress of two birds (Snowy and Edwin) transmitting a radio signal of their exact position on their journey north. If you are an educator and wish to have a similar program in your classroom please contact Board Member Craig Wood at Programs can be tailored for grades 4 to 12.   

Abby Cobb Wins 2016 Science Fair Award

Education Chair Veronica Berounsky presents South Kingstown High School Junior Abby Cobb with the 2016 NRPA Science Fair Award at the March NRPA Board of Directors meeting. Abby was presented with a $50 prize, a certificate and an NRPA membership.

Abby's project at the SKHS Science Fair in January, A Slick Solution: Best Way to Clean up an Oil Spill, evaluated the ability of three materials to remove oil from water: hair, cotton balls and sawdust. Hair was the most efficient, that is, absorbing the most oil and the least water.

NRPA also awarded Honorable Mentions at South Kingstown High School Science Fair to:

♦  Hossam Zaki for a project titled Commercial Water Filters

♦  Matthew Kutcher for Power of Water through Electrolysis (creating energy through the electrolysis of water)

♦  Cristian Rodriguez-Gervais for Natural Remedies against Bacteria

♦  Sierra Rowley for her project Micro Plastics, Macro Problem on the amount of micro-plastics found in Narragansett Bay from personal care products such as liquid soap.



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