Salt Ponds Coalition Summer Speaker Series Begins!

When: Monday, July 13, at 7:00 pm
Where: Kettle Pond Visitors Center

PageNiniThe Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan a.k.a. the BeachSAMP (www.beachsamp.org) is designed to address shoreline change, and to educate shoreline property owners and businesses how to plan for storms and increases in sea level along our coast. Salt Ponds Coalition partners at URI Coastal Resource Center are providing a continuing stream of information, both written and electronic to address these changes and what we can do to protect our property and resources. The Salt Ponds Coalition has been engaged in the development of the BeachSAMP, and committed to disseminating information about it to the community.

One aspect of the BeachSAMP is the investigation of changes occurring in Rhode Island’s coastal marshes, and resulted in the development of the Sea Level Affecting Marsh Model (SLAMM) Maps. This summer, the Salt Ponds Coalition will have a three part speaker series looking at Rhode Island’s changing marshes, and what is being done to address this problem.

Their first seminar will feature a presentation by Pam Rubinoff, a coastal planner from URI, and Jim Boyd from the state Coastal Resources Management Council. They will give an overview of coastal changes that are occurring, and what their impact will be on our shoreline, coastal wetlands, and salt ponds. The second presentation will address our local salt marsh degradation and what will be done to correct the problem. And finally, the Annual Meeting presenter will be Caitlin Chaffee from CRMC. She will discuss the Ninigret Pond Post-Hurricane Sandy resiliency project at Charlestown Breachway and planning /permitting for future work on Quonnie and Winnapaug Pond.

Please join the Salt Ponds Coalition on Monday, July 13th, for their first presentation. It will begin at 7 PM in the Kettle Pond Visitors Center, located at 50 Bend Road in Charlestown, Rhode Island.  These seminars are free and open to the public, feel free to tell others about them as well!

For more information about the Salt Ponds Coalition speaker series, click HERE.