Bruce Hooke

I have been involved in water and coastal issues in a variety of ways for many years, most recently through designing and developing the new Waves of Change climate change website for the Coastal Institute, but also through over a decade of watershed work at the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council as a board member and active participant in that organization, and through my many years of work with the Rhode Island Blueways Alliance, which is developing a network of freshwater and saltwater paddling trails in Rhode Island and the Narragansett Bay watershed. I also work closely with the organization Watershed Counts both on their website, which I developed and maintain, and on a wide range of projects such as mapping water quality in the Narragansett Bay watershed and being part of the 2012 Freshwater Quality Indicator Working Group. I have been more involved in freshwater issues than strictly coastal issues in Rhode Island, especially at the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, but of course what happens in Rhode Island's rivers quickly affects Rhode Island's coastal waters. I have also been following the climate change issue for over 25 years, with a particular interest in how climate change, changing storm patterns, and rising sea level will impact rivers and coastlines, especially "soft" coastlines such as much of the US east coast south of Portland, Maine.