New Book About Saving Narragansett Bay

Save the Bay is highlighting the beautiful views and history of Narragansett Bay in a book that can be enjoyed even when the warm weather goes away.


In celebration of fifty years of advocacy for Narragansett Bay, Save the Bay is releasing a book filled with breathtaking photos and a retelling of the preservation of the Ocean State’s beautiful coastline.

Saving Narragansett Bay: How People, Passion, and Perseverance Made All the Difference tells the “global success story” of the Narragansett Bay cleanup and the commitment to this ongoing battle that led to the founding of Save the Bay. The ten-chapter book also includes stories of individuals that have contributed to the cleanup throughout the years.

The book brings the reader through all of the hurdles and challenges the community faced and conquered throughout the years. From “ill-sited energy plant proposals” to improving wastewater treatment and restoring the habitat for the now-abundant marine life, the last fifty years have proven to be pivotal for the picture-perfect town.

According to author Todd McLeish, Saving Narragansett Bay was written in hopes of inspiring locals to contribute to efforts to keep the bay clean.

“I hope people who read this book will be proud of the work that has been done to protect Narragansett Bay and recognize that the work isn’t finished. We all owe a great debt of gratitude to everyone who has stood up to polluters and fought to restore and preserve Narragansett Bay,” says McLeish. “I hope people will be motivated to get involved, stay vigilant, and follow in the footsteps of the advocates featured in this book. I know I will.”

A great addition to any Rhode Island resident or beach-lover’s coffee table, the book also features archives of the restoration of the bay and photographs that capture its beauty, taken by Onne van der Wal, Salvatore Mancini, Carmel Vitullo and others.

Saving Narragansett Bay is on sale for $30 here. For more information contact Save the Bay Director of Communications and Marketing Katy Dorchies at


Editor’s Note: Todd McLeish is also a contributing writer for Rhode Island Monthly magazine. 



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