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Watershed Counts was initiated by the Coastal Institute at URI and the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP) with the support of 60 partners [link to the Partners page] throughout the bay and its watershed. WC was designed as a bridge project to report on the environmental health of Narragansett Bay and its watershed until such time as NBEP developed its updated status and trends report. With NBEP’s 2017 publication of The State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed along with plans for regular updates, Watershed Counts had served its intended purpose and subsequently ceased publication. Given the valuable data and associated case studies captured in these reports, this website will be retained as a resource.

Website content other than the annual reports was last updated on May 31, 2013, and the final annual report was published in 2017. If you have questions regarding past Watershed Counts reports or this website, please contact the Coastal Institute at or NBEP at


This project was funded by agreements by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) in partnership with the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program. Although the information in the documents has been funded wholly or in part by EPA under the agreements CE96172201, CE96184201, CE00A00004, CE00A00127, and CE00A00366 to NEIWPCC, it has not undergone the EPA’s publications review process and therefore, may not necessarily reflect the views of the EPA and no official endorsement should be inferred. The viewpoints expressed here do not necessarily represent those of EPA or NEIWPCC nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or causes constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.