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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Next Wednesday, CRMC on-line discussion on justice and shoreline access

Program title: Shoreline Access for All: Environmental Justice Along the Coast

By Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) 

Photo by Alex Nunes, South County Bureau chief for RI's The Public's Radio

This webinar highlights environmental justice issues pertaining to shoreline public access in Rhode Island. 

Kate Mulvaney, social scientist for the Environmental Protection Agency, will discuss findings from a study looking at whether there are disparities in ability to access the shore based on race, income, and geographic location across the state.

Julia Twichell, watershed and GIS specialist for the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, will present research that used cell phone data to determine the state's most highly used coastal public access points.

Leah Feldman, CRMC policy analyst, will explore the impacts of participation in a place-based educational sailing program in Newport, RI, as well as outline CRMC’s work to improve equity in coastal access. 

A question & answer session with the speakers will follow the presentations. To submit questions about public shoreline access and equity issues, please click here.

This is the second CRMC on-line discussion on public access. To watch the first on YouTube:

The online event is set for Wednesday, June 30 at 5 p.m. If you wish to participate, register ahead of time.

This event comes at a time when there has been a number of local news stories about blocked access and the role played in blocking access by Rhode Island’s seven shoreline fire districts, including several that actually have no firefighting capacity whatsoever.

Two of the best pieces were done by Rhode Island’s public radio HERE and HERE.

Progressive Charlestown has also looked at the problems of allowing homeowner associations to morph into fire districts that don’t fight fires HERE and HERE