Water Quality Trends and Issues
The featured presentation at the NRPA Annual Meeting on October 4, 2012 was a report on the 20 years of water quality data collected by the Narrow River Watershed Watch program in conjunction with URI Watershed Watch. Using a PowerPoint® slide show, Board members Dr. Veronica Berounsky and Annette DeSilva focused on testing for bacteria, specifically fecal coliforms, and nutrients, using nitrogen measurements as an example, at sites spanning the river to illustrate trends. The high levels of bacteria at Middlebridge generated significant discussion, especially with the purchase of the Eddy property discussed earlier in the evening. Click one of the links below to view and download the full presentation:
Bay Friendly Backyards
Save the Bay has published a wonderful pamphlet called Bay Friendly Backyards, which describes best practices for lawn care and landscaping to reduce the harmful levels of nutrients and bacteria that find their way into Narragansett Bay and the rivers that flow into it.
Annette DeSilva Receives 2012 Friend of the River Award
Richard Grant, President of the Narrow River Preservation Association, presents Annette DeSilva with the 2012 W.E.R. LaFarge Memorial Friend of the River Award at the 42nd NRPA Annual Meeting on October 4. The award recognizes Annette’s many contributions to preservation of the Narrow River Watershed, including management of NRPA’s River Watch water-quality monitoring program since the program’s inception in 1992. Earlier in the meeting, Annette was joined by fellow NRPA Board member Dr. Veronica Berounsky in presenting an analysis of 20 years of data from testing at 14 sites along the river by volunteer water-quality monitors.
Some of the 48 participants in the Pettaquamscutt Paddle on Saturday, July 21, greet the setting sun from a sand bar in the Narrows before returning to Middle Bridge. This fifth annual paddle, sponsored by Narrow River Kayaks and the Rhode Island Blueways Alliance, included a tour of Gooseberry Island, Pettaquamscutt Cove and the Narrows, talks on the geology and wildlife of the Narrow River Watershed, and raffles and refreshments. All proceeds from the event went to the NRPA.
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Narrow River News
In the 26th running of the Narrow River Road Race on May 11, Eric Rudman of North Attleboro, Mass., won the 10K Run and Daniel Faulkner of Cambridge, Mass., won the 5K Run.
2013 Narrow River Turnaround Swim
Narrow River Paddle Maps