Ocean conservation programs secure funds
In an effort to help protect Rhode Island’s coastal resources, U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse announced Tuesday that more than $2.2 million in federal funding has been awarded for two Ocean State conservation programs.
The Coastal Resources Management Council, which is chaired by Jamestown resident Anne Livingston, will receive $1.268 million to help administer Rhode Island’s coastal management Program, which works to balance the economic, environmental and recreational demands on Rhode Island’s coastal areas.
The Rhode Island Sea Grant, which is directed by islander Dennis Nixon, will receive $975,000 through the Sea Grant College Program to continue its role as a leader in coastal and ocean planning, climate change adaption, fisheries and other ocean research. The grants are administered by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“This federal funding will help protect the environment and bolster Rhode Island’s economy,” said Reed, another Jamestowner. “I am pleased to have helped secure this federal funding to help the state respond to the increasing demands on our coastal resources. Both CRMC and Rhode Island Sea Grant also deserve great credit for using their resources to collaborate on research and initiatives that have real benefits for Rhode Island.”