Narrow River Preservation Association
Saturday, April 19, 2014

March 30 Rains: Culverts Fail to Control Runoff
at Gilbert Stuart Road

On Sunday, March 30, NRPA Board member Craig Wood recorded the impact of the heavy rains at the head of Narrow River near the Gilbert Stuart Museum. Craig writes, "One of the many problems [associated with climate change] is that existing roadway culverts are not sufficiently sized to handle the increased runoff volumes associated with the increased rainfall intensities we are experiencing. This morning the three culverts under Gilbert Stuart Road at the entrance to the Girl Scout Camp were overwhelmed diverting water down the access road and caused a massive silt plume into Narrow River just downstream of the Gilbert Stuart/Carr Pond Dam."

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11th Land and Water Conservation
Summit Presentations

The 2014 Land and Water Conservation Summit featured 30 workshops on variety of topics from trail mapping to habitat restoration to preparing for climate change. If you missed the Summit, you can still view PowerPoint presentations and handouts from some of the workshop by visiting the Summit 2014 page on the R.I. Land and Water Partnership website. 

Andrew Motte Receives NRPA Science Fair Award


NRPA Board member Lynn Wolslegel presents South Kingstown High School student Andrew Motte with a 2014 Science Fair Award certificate and cash prize at the March NRPA Board of Directors meeting. Andrew was recognized for his exhibit “Behavior of Harlequin Ducks” at the school’s Science Fair in January.

Four projects were awarded Honorable Mention:

  • Emma Lauzon-Ardito, “Effects of Winds and Currents on Trash in the Bay”
  • Emily Daly-Labelle, “Study of Narrow River Water Samples”
  • Rachel Curran and Emma Mather, “Purity of Water”
  • Linda Foreman, “How Do Fungi Affect the Ecosystem?”


Read more about Science Fair Awards and other NRPA education programs.

Next On Pettaquamscutt

Join us on Sunday afternoon, March 30, from 1:00 to 3:00, at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, 35 Kingstown Road, Narragansett for the final installment in this year's On Pettaquamscutt Winter Speaker Series.

Hear Kathie Kelleher and David Smith of the Friends of Canonchet Farm talk about the group's Habitat Restoration project at Lake Canonchet across Boston Neck Road from the Narragansett Town Beach. Learn about the problem of invasive vegetation in South County, and what volunteers have accomplished in the southeast corner of the Narrow River Watershed.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. So we are asking you to sign up in advance. Click the Register button for online registration at the library for the March 30 presentation:

Download an application for the
2014 NRPA Lisa Meng College Scholarship

Applicants: Please give your completed application to
your high school guidance counselor by Monday, April 14.



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