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NRCS Participates in the U.S. Senator Whitehouse Tour at Narragansett Bay Commission's Bucklin Point Facility

Senator Whitehouse and State Conservationist Vongkhamdy at Narragansett Bay CommissionThe Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) participated in the U.S. Senator Whitehouse tour of the Narragansett Bay Commission's (NBC) Bucklin Point facility on May 13, 2011 where Sen. Whitehouse discussed legislation he recently introduced which would support research, pollution reduction, and protection efforts by NBC and other Rhode Island organizations.  NRCS conservation programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provide technical and financial assistance to improve water quality in Narragansett Bay through conservation practices such as the aquaculture projects.  In addition, the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) encourages the restoration of native fish habitat and reduces the invasive species that negatively impact important fish and wildlife habitat. Senator Whitehouse Speaks to Reporters

"In Rhode Island, the strength of our economy is tied to the health of our oceans and coasts.   I am fighting to protect these vital resources and the research, tourism, and fishing jobs they support," said Whitehouse.  Last month Whitehouse unveiled a series of "green jobs' initiatives for Rhode Island.  The National Endowment for the Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes Act is the first of theses legislative initiatives to be formally introduced this year.  Other conservation partners who attended the tour included representatives from Save the Bay, the Coastal Resources Management Council, The Nature Conservancy, URI Coastal Institute, RI Sea Grant, Center for Marine Life Science, and the Narragansett Bay National Estuary Program.