Pressures Remain But Great Salt Pond Transformed from Cesspool to Block Island’s Signature Attraction

Block Island’s only estuary, the Great Salt Pond, is among the most popular harbors on the East Coast. But as recently as three-plus decades ago the 673-acre tidal pond was more open toilet than prized natural resource.

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Legal Filings Question Champlin’s Marina Agreement

The legal saga continues over the controversial expansion of Champlin’s Marina & Resort on Block Island. The project slated for Great Salt Pond threatens an environmentally sensitive tidal lagoon.

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Right Camera Could Protect Endangered Whales

The beginning of the calving season for North Atlantic right whales, one of the rarest marine mammals on the planet, is looking promising with four newborn calves observed in December. But the outlook for the species, whose global population is estimated at only 360 individuals, remains grim.

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