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Scenes from The University of Rhode Island

New publication celebrates Greenwich Bay resources, history

Media Contact: Monica Allard Cox, 401-874-6937

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. -- February 16, 2004 -- While Narragansett Bay gets all the attention, Greenwich Bay, tucked away along the shores of Warwick and East Greenwich, is home to some of the most productive shellfish beds on the East Coast, historic seaports, and miles of beaches. Its story has finally been told in Greenwich Bay: An Ecological History.

"To me, Greenwich Bay is the eighth wonder of the world," says Art Ganz, R.I. Department of Environmental Management supervising marine biologist, referring to its shellfish production. With this and other natural and cultural resources threatened by pollution, the people of Greenwich Bay joined with the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council and others, are crafting a Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) for Greenwich Bay. The first step in that process is to determine what resources are most precious, and the creation of this book, Greenwich Bay: An Ecological History, is the result of that work.

Greenwich Bay: An Ecological History celebrates the best of Greenwich Bay while examining issues in areas such as water quality, habitat, natural hazards, land use, and economy. These issues are illustrated by personal stories of individuals with ties to the bay, such as excerpts from the personal journal of Anne Crawford Allen Holst, firefighter and aviator, who recorded her rescue work during the throes of the hurricane of 1938. "I am unloading the generator and starting it up. I flood-light the fire station. Heavens what that light means to these people. It seems to restore their morale. Never have I seen anything like it! I'll bet it's the only electric light on the west shore of the Bay, south of Providence," writes Holst on September 21, 1938.

The book is available from Rhode Island Sea Grant Communications, University of Rhode Island Narragansett Bay Campus, Narragansett, RI 02882. Tel: (401) 874-6842. $3. For more information visit: Greenwich Bay Special Area Management plan, visit or contact Sue Kennedy at (401) 874-6107.

The book is a product of the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program (R. I. Sea Grant). CRC is dedicated to developing strategies for the effective management of coastal environments. R. I. Sea Grant is a federal-state partnership, based at URI, that promotes the conservation and sustainable development of marine resources for the public benefit through research, outreach, and education.

For information contact Sue Kennedy, (401) 874-6107