I am always in awe, especially as I have just driven part of the course, driven, not walked, that this fish has not only found its way up the Woonasquatucket, not the Moshassuck, at the confluence at Citizens’ Bank/ RISD downtown, but into the Providence River, not the Blackstone. And before that its school swam from offshore Virginia – Maryland, up the coast and into Narragansett Bay, swam from Pt. Judith… Continue reading
For 200 years or longer, dams have blocked a number of important species of anadromous fish from completing their lifecycle.
Alewife, blueback herring, and American shad are just a few of the anadromous species that live their adult life in saltwater but return to freshwater to spawn and whose populations had virtually disappeared from the Pawtuxet River watershed following the Industrial Revolution. Continue reading
Phil Edwards, Supervising Fisheries Biologist with the RI Department of Environmental Management Division of Fish and Wildlife, has been counting the migrating fish for years at Gilbert Stuart stream (the headwaters of Narrow River) and other locations around the state. The attached chart for Gilbert Stuart Stream shows a steady decline in the population due to overfishing from 2001 until a moratorium was declared in 2006. Continue reading
The Narrow River Watershed has long been recognized as a special place. It holds important resources for the State and for the local communities, including scenic beauty, the estuary, wetlands, a drinking water source, historic and cultural resources along the rivers, a National Wildlife Refuge, and opportunities for water-based recreation, including fishing, shellfishing (currently banned), and swimming. Continue reading
The RI Rivers Council held its 2021 Annual Meeting via Zoom on March 10 from 3 to 5pm. This is the Rhode Island Rivers Council’s 30th year! At the meeting DEM Director Janet Coit read a letter congratulating The RI Rivers Council on 30 years of advocating for Rhode Island’s… Continue reading
The Rhode Island Rivers Council will be holding it’s May meeting in-person and “virtually” via Zoom on Wed., May 10 at 3pm. See the agenda for details. For information on past meetings see the Meetings and Presentations page. Continue reading