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Please join us for the sixth season of the winter speaker series On Pettaquamscutt: Presentations on the Environment and the History of the Narrow River Watershed. Presented by: Friends of Canonchet Farm, Narrow River Preservation Association, South County Museum and the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library with generous support from Trio Restaurant.

The presentations are on three Sunday afternoons, from 1:00 to 3:00, at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, 35 Kingstown Road, Narragansett. All events are FREE and open to the public.

Space is limited for the March 26th presentation, so we encourage you to register now to reserve a seat.

Many thanks to Trio Restaurant for sponsoring the On Pettaquamscutt presenters. After the talk, continue the conversation next door at Trio Restaurant, 15 Kingstown Road.

The 2017 lineup includes:

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.

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.

February 26

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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 vernals pools and assessment of how efforts to restore habitat for one species can affect other species of concern.

View Nancy's presentation.

March 26

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

Industry along the Pettaquamscutt

Local historian, preservation advocate and columnist Tim Cranston takes us on a virtual tour of the north end of the watershed and tells us about the historic mills at Silver Spring, Shady Lea and Gilbert Stuart.

After the talk, continue the conversation next door at Trio Restaurant, 15 Kingstown Road.

For more information: Call 401 783-5344, or E-mail info@onpettaquamscutt.org

Revised February 26, 2017