Aquidneck Island Resilience Strategy

For this Newport Harborproject, CRC is working with an array of government, private sector and community partners to help Aquidneck Island and its four communities – Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth and Naval Station Newport — apply the best available science and public input to the development of a five-year plan to proactively prepare for coastal flooding and storm damage, key aspects of climate change. CRC has worked with the Island for more than a decade on implementing planning programs, such as the state-administered Aquidneck Island Special Area Management Plan , for the management, use and protection of coastal and ocean resources that anchor the Island’s economic, social and environmental health.


Project Sponsors: URI Coastal Resources Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant, Prince Charitable Trusts, Van Beuren Charitable Foundation


Rapid Property Assessment and Coastal Exposure | Rapid PACE

This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides tailored coastal exposure assessments to government planning staff and volunteer boards seeking information about the threat of coastal flooding from storms and sea level rise, and erosion, on properties. Site-specific information is compiled in the assessments and reflect current data from state government and University of Rhode Island mapping tools. Some information areas include marsh migration, flood evacuation routes, transportation impacts, and shoreline change maps.

For more information visit the Rapid PACE project page on the BeachSAMP website.

Providing Resilience Education for Planning in Rhode Island | PREP-RI

erosion_kidsThis project has been funded by the Rhode Island General Assembly to implement actions that would increase the capacity of municipal decision-makers to enhance local resilience to the effects of natural hazards and climate change, particularly sea level rise and storm surge.

This online module series aims to increase the capacity of municipal decision-makers to make effective choices supporting resilience to the current and future impacts of climate change. Relevant examples and lessons learned from Rhode Island communities are included, as well as ways to use resources and tools in decision-making. PREP-RI builds upon existing State efforts and is the product of collaboration among local experts and practitioners from a variety of fields.

Although geared toward municipal decision makers this online tool is available to anyone wishing to increase their knowledge of:

  • Climate Change in RI
  • Flooding
  • Infrastructure
  • Stormwater
  • Mapping Tools
  • Adaptation

Visit the PREP-RI website to participate.