The Salt Pond Coalition (SPC) will be coming to the Westerly Library on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 6:30pm to speak about the importance of this diverse ecosystem, as well as the challenges the ponds face and what is being done to help. SPC President, Art Ganz, and Executive Director, Alicia Eichinger, will be on hand to answer any questions you have and will share information about upcoming summer programs held outside on the ponds!
The SPC's mission is to protect and enhance the health of Rhode Island’s salt ponds for the benefit of wildlife and people. The coastal ponds watershed spans all of the southern west coast of Rhode Island from Westerly to Narragansett. The watershed encompasses these ponds as well as the many homes and businesses that surround them.
Historically, the ponds have been used for many purposes including recreation, and both subsistence and commercial fishing. Now, more than ever they support a diverse number of activities from aquaculture to boating. Many species that are integral to the local ecosystem use the ponds as both a home and safe breeding ground including many sportfish, shellfish, crabs, eelgrass, and shore birds. The ponds remain a vital part of our region, yet they have suffered a great loss of species and habitat diversity.
Photo credit Claire Hodson