June 22, 2017

We are looking forward to the 2018 season of On Pettaquamscutt and are finalizing speakers for presentations on January 28, February 25 and March 25. In the meantime, you can browse this site to:

♦  Roll the credits to view the 2017 presentations and learn more about sponsors and presenters.

♦  See photos of the saltmarsh grass planting and other restoration work in Narrow River.

♦  Take a Look Back at Six Seasons of On Pettaquamscutt Presentations.

Roll the Credits

Many thanks to all those who helped make our sixth season a great success, with each presentation drawing an audience of 80 or more and filling the library meeting rooms:

♦  To Marilyn Sherman and the staff at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library for hosting the events.

♦  To the three nonprofit groups that help organize the series and arrange for the speakers: Friends of Canonchet Farm, Narrow River Preservation Association, South County Museum.

♦  To Trio Restaurant, which donates gift certificates to Newport Restaurant Group eateries to thank our presenters.

♦  And of course, to our 2017 lineup of speakers:

January 29

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Dredging in the lower Narrow River began in November 2016. Dredge material is pumped onto the adjacent marsh to increase elevation.

Improving the Health of the Narrow River Estuary

It was full house on January 29 at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library when we began the 2017 series with updates on two projects to improve the marsh resiliency and water quality in Narrow River:

Dr. Jennifer White, Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Coordinator for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, described recent efforts to restore the salt marshes in Narrow River by placing dredged material on the surface of the marsh to raise the elevation so that plants can thrive.

See photos of the saltmarsh grass planting and other restoration work in Narrow River.

Dr. Craig Swanson of Swanson Environmental Associates discussed a recent study on the impact of dredging near the mouth of the river to increase circulation within the estuary."   (back to top)

February 26

Click the title slide below to view the Nancy's presentation:

Nancy Karraker exams a turtle with young scientists during an April 2016 guided walk on Canonchet Farm.

Amphibians and Reptiles in the Narrow River Watershed

Dr. Nancy Karraker, URI Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources Science, described the wide variety of amphibians and reptiles that thrive in the Narrow River Watershed, and those that are threatened from the impacts of habitat loss, pollution, climate change, invasive species and disease. Nancy also discussed recent projects in the watershed such as mapping of vernal pools and assessment of how efforts to restore habitat for one species can affect other species of concern.

View Nancy's presentation.   (back to top)

March 26

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The Mill at Shady Lea is at the northern end of the Narrow River Watershed.

Industry along the Mettatuxett and Pettaquamscutt

That is: Industry at “the well-wooded stream place” and the “Great Round Rock.”

Local historian, preservation advocate and columnist Tim Cranston took us on a virtual tour of the north end of the watershed and shared stories about the historic mills at Silver Spring, Shady Lea and Gilbert Stuart and how the Narragansett people organized use of the waters for fertilizer and food production.

View Tim's presentation.    (back to top)


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Revised June 22, 2017