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Introduction to Narragansett Bay

Narragansett Bay has significance well beyond anything that people can count, but even the numbers are impressive. The Bay's 700 billion gallons of water cover 150 square miles. The watershed nurtures thousands of species of plants, fish, and wildlife as well as more than two million residents and ten million tourists each year. Its annual contribution to Rhode Island's economy totals billions of dollars. Its environmental and aesthetic value is priceless.

As an estuary - a place where land and sea waters mix - Narragansett Bay is both extremely productive and extremely vulnerable. Its health depends on nearly everything that happens in its vast watershed (about 2000 square miles, 60% in Massachusetts and 40% in Rhode Island).

The links below are selected to introduce the Bay, its strengths and weaknesses, as well as actions that promise to help sustain it.

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For Narragansett Bay and its challenges: For Contexts and Nearby Comparisons: