Initiative launched to help restore state salt marshes

By: The Associated Press

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. – Conservationists have launched one of Rhode Island’s largest projects seeking to protect the state’s salt marshes from falling victim to climate change.              

Rhode Island Public Radio reports work began this week to restore roughly 30 acres of salt marsh at the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge in North Kingstown.              

A portion of the salt marsh has started to fade near the Narrow River due to rising seas and more frequent storms.              

The Nature Conservancy’s John O’Brien says salt marshes are important because they act as buffers against storms and water pollution.           

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council has partnered on the project. It’s expected to be completed by the end of this year.

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