Claiming a stake in Narragansett Bay
Bay Summit 2000 asks all users to assess environment,
economy, community of bay
NARRAGANSETT -- March 17, 2000 -- What's your stake in Narragansett Bay?
The bay has supported commerce, recreation, and environmental richness since
the earliest inhabitants of this area fished and traveled its waters. Now,
citing the year 2000 as a natural juncture, several Rhode Island organizations
are sponsoring Bay Summit 2000 to assess the history of Narragansett Bay
and consider its future.
The summit, Narragansett Bay in the New Millennium: Environment, Economy,
Community, begins with registration at 8 a.m. Monday, April 24, and runs
all day Monday and Tuesday, April 25. It will be held at the Rhode Island
Convention Center in Providence.
Looking at uses of the bay that include recreation and tourism, fisheries
and aquaculture, and research and technology, the summit will explore the
effects of these activities on the bay ecosystem and on the Rhode Island
economy. Panel sessions will offer opportunities for discussion among government
agencies, academic and nonprofit institutions, business organizations, and
interested individuals. Rhode Islanders who have a stake in the future of
the bay will have the chance to state their views.
Robert Ballard, noted oceanographer and founder and director of the Institute
for Exploration at Mystic Aquarium, will address the summit to launch the
program. Armando Carbonell of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and former
executive director of the Cape Cod Commission, will offer a summit perspective
to close the event.
The summit is sponsored by a number of agencies and institutions including
the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management/Narragansett Bay
Estuary Program, the Coastal Resources Management Council, and Rhode Island
For more information, contact the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program at
(401) 222-3961, the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council at
(401) 783-3370, or check the agenda on-line at http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/riseagrant/.
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Contact: Tony Corey, (401) 874-6844