RI Shellfish Management Plan is a joint effort among the RI Department of Environmental Management, the RI Coastal Resources Management Council, and the University of Rhode Island – the Coastal Resources Center, RI Sea Grant, The Graduate School of Oceanography, and the College of the Environment and Life Sciences – to develop comprehensive policy guidance regarding the management and protection of shellfish in RI marine waters.
The Coastal Institute provides funding support, serves on the management team, and supports the development of a communications strategy. In addition, the Coastal Institute has provided supplemental funds to highlight the important role shellfish plays in the history, culture, and economy of RI through two projects: 1) an eco-history of shellfish in Narragansett Bay to highlight the important role of shellfish in state cultural identity, and 2) an economic study of shellfish in RI waters led by Dr. Hirotsugu Uchida of the URI Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.
The support of the eco-history of shellfish is also generously supported by a RI Council for the Humanities Mini-Grant.
RI Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP) is a collaboration between the RI Coastal Resources Management Council and the University of Rhode Island – the Coastal Resources Center, RI Sea Grant, The Graduate School of Oceanography, and the College of the Environment and Life Sciences – with support from various state and local agencies, foundations, stakeholders, and coastal residents. The Coastal Institute provides financial support for activities related to the Beach SAMP.
Excellence in Bay Management/Municipal Mapping Assistance Program was created in partnership with the RIPDES Permitting Program in the RIDEM Office of Water Resources. The Municipal Mapping Assistance Program (MMAP) project is funded in part by the Coastal Institute to facilitate a path forward on stormwater compliance between state regulators and municipalities.
This project stemmed from the well-known issue of municipalities not being in compliance with stormwater management regulations, and the RI Department of Environmental Management and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s awareness of the noncompliance but inability to address it due to a number of issues, primarily financial and technical resources.
During the summer of 2013, the Coastal Institute provided two interns to the RI Department of Environmental Management to work with North Providence to map stormwater catchments, basins, and outfalls, and build a database to log ongoing maintenance.
The overwhelming success of the first year of the program led to increased interest from other municipalities. During the summer of 2014, the Coastal Institute again provided support for an intern, this time to work with the City of Warwick.
The goal of the two-year project is to provide best practices and facilitation of the institutionalization of interagency cooperation within other RI state agencies.
Rhode Island State Guide Plan Update: Water Quality Management Plan Advisory Commission, spearheaded by the RI Coastal Resources Management Council, RI Department of Environmental Management, and Division of Planning, Statewide Planning, is developing a water quality management plan to satisfy requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and to provide comprehensive guidance to local governments throughout the state for coordinated management and planning efforts. The Coastal Institute Director is appointed as a member of this Commission.
* completed project