Special Area Management Plan for Greenwich Bay, RI, USA

The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) coordinated with Warwick, East Greenwich, government agencies and community organizations to prepare the Greenwich Bay Special Area Management Plan (SAMP). A SAMP is designed to protect a complex natural coastal resource that is part of a larger watershed ecosystem. It is built on government cooperation and community participation and is adopted into law. The SAMP describes the present status of the bay, characterizes its watershed, identifies sources of pollution, and recommends steps to help government work with communities to restore, protect and balance uses of Greenwich Bay for this and future generations. The Citizen Advisory Committee for the Greenwich Bay Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) was formed by the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council. The goal of this volunteer committee is to provide community organizations and groups in Warwick and East Greenwich an opportunity to help shape the draft SAMP for Greenwich Bay and its watershed. The purpose of the CAC is to: Provide guidance and advice to the Greenwich Bay management team on the content of the SAMP Promote public awareness and understanding of the SAMP.  Provide input to assist the Greenwich Bay management team in the implementation of the SAMP and the development of implementation priorities and strategies. This project concluded in June 2005.