Letter: Through it all, we are watching over Narragansett Bay

Posted 4/3/20

To the editor:

We are in uncharted waters these days. Never in my experience have I seen such a sudden and profoundly challenging change in daily life as we have all witnessed in the past few …

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Letter: Through it all, we are watching over Narragansett Bay

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To the editor:

We are in uncharted waters these days. Never in my experience have I seen such a sudden and profoundly challenging change in daily life as we have all witnessed in the past few weeks.

One constant, though, is the beauty of the natural world around us. There is no better place to be — as long as you follow Department of Health guidelines regarding social distancing — than outdoors. Whether you are walking along the shore or enjoying a neighborhood park, the fresh air and smells of the sea are a tonic for us all.

Recently, I went for a walk around Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown. Of course the views were stunning, with wildlife all around. But it was also a reminder of how resilient Rhode Islanders are. Others, in twos and threes, were also taking the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and quiet of the shore, engaging in a shared experience even if at a distance from one another.

I see the same resilience at Save The Bay. Our staff has barely missed a beat, adjusting to working remotely while at the same time developing and producing new live-stream educational content. Our habitat team continues to work on restoration projects around the state, and our advocacy team is pressing ahead with policy initiatives and projects designed to restore water quality, improve stream connectivity, and reduce plastics and nutrient pollution.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you, our members and supporters, for being there for us through thick and thin. Over 50 years, Save The Bay has been through other extreme challenges and, thanks to you, has emerged stronger every time. Rest assured that we are watching over Narragansett Bay, as committed as ever to our mission to protect and improve this natural treasure.

Jonathan Stone

Executive director, Save The Bay

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