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A new study recently released by The Nature Conservancy, a global wildlife conservation group, has found the majority of coastal sites, such as wetlands and salt marshes, in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are vulnerable to the effects of climate change. 


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Conservationists have kicked off a project this week to shore up thirty acres of salt marsh at the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge. It’s one of the larger projects underway to make the state’s salt marshes more resistant to climate change.

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Rhode Island is more likely to lose than gain salt marshes due to the rate of rising sea levels. Those are the findings of a recent analysis by the Coastal Resources Management Council.

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Rhode Island is losing salt marshes at an alarming rate. Scientists and coastal planners say this is one of the most pressing climate change impacts already facing the Ocean State. Salt marshes are critical fish and wildlife habitats that support the state's fishing and tourism industries.

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Coastal communities have a new tool available for wetland restoration projects. The Coastal Resources Management Council released new maps that show how rising sea levels will affect salt marshes.

Rhode Island has lost more than half of its salt marshes to coastal development. The state will lose more with frequent coastal flooding due to rising sea levels. Marshes play important roles as storm buffers, nurseries for fish and birds, and as filters for polluted runoff.