Charting Narragansett Bay’s governance history

Lighthouse Consulting Group is wrapping up a multi-year project  to chart Narragansett Bay’s governance history. This project is being funded by the EPA’s Atlantic Ecology Division and aims to review and identify past government practices and responses to the ecological health of the Narragansett Bay watershed. Ultimately, the EPA will provide the outputs of this project to key governance institutions for their use in informing future policy adjustments to help achieve more cost effective, socially acceptable, and environmentally sound solutions, based on systems management approaches.  The Lighthouse team, which includes experts from the University of Rhode Island and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, has described and analysed the governance of the Narragansett Bay watershed from 1860 to present day.  The outcomes of this effort will be presented in three parts:  (1) on online public timeline that includes key  chances in the governance of the Bay; (2) an authoritative analysis that considers the many aspects of environmental governance responses to changing environmental conditions in Narragansett Bay and its watershed; and, (3) a lessons learned document that will guide the application of this analysis to other watersheds. For more information about this project or if you have questions, please email Mark Amaral at