Narrow River Preservation Association
Friday, April 25, 2014

Spring and Summer Events 2014

NRPA has a great lineup of warm weather events to help you forget the long, snowy winter of 2014!

It starts with the Narrow River Road Race on Saturday, May 10. This is the 27th running of the Road Race, which includes 10K run, 5K run and a 5K walk on USA Track and Field certified course between the Narragansett Beach and Treaty Rock Park on Middlebridge Road in South Kingstown. There are also the Narrow River Turnaround Swim and the Pettaquamscutt Paddle.

And once again we are partnering with Narrow River Land Trust for a series of educational events at Middlebridge. Here are the dates and links to event information and registration:

Narrow River Road Race, May 10. Check in at Narragansett Town Beach after 8:30 a.m. for the 10:00 start.

"What's Lives in the River?" June 14, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Meet at 95 Middlebridge Road, Narragansett.

Narrow River Turnaround Swim, June 28. Check in at Campanella Rowing Center, North Kingstown after 7:45 a.m. for the 9:00 start.

Pettaquamscutt Paddle, July 12. Please register in advance for this sunset kayak tour sponsored by Narrow River Kayaks.

Art on the River, August 16, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Meet at 95 Middlebridge Road, Narragansett.

Guided Walk through Jireh Bull Garrison Acres, September 27, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00. Meet at 95 Middlebridge Road, Narragansett.

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."

Play Part One of the Video

Play Part Two of the Video


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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