Fall 2015

Rhode Island’s Ocean and Coastal Magazine

Fall 2015

Welcome to 41°N, Rhode Island’s Ocean and Coastal Magazine, a publication of Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island.  This biannual magazine examines climate change, marine commerce and recreation, ecology and habitats, ocean planning, and the history of Rhode Island’s coastal and marine landscape.



From the Editor

A century has passed since residents of several villages in Scituate, Rhode Island, received notices that their properties were being condemned, and would be flooded, in order to create the Scituate Reservoir, a water supply that would provide for the needs of 60 percent of the state’s population.

Author Maury Klein chronicles both the heartbreak of the families who lost homes, farms, businesses, and even family graves, as well as the pressing need to provide residents with a safe, adequate water supply.

Today, as Hugh Markey writes, the prospect of altering the flow of water in Rhode Island’s rivers by removing decrepit dams evokes a visceral response from neighbors, who have strong connections to the ponds that these dams created decades, even centuries, ago. Though restoring river habitats and fish runs would provide ecological benefits, people have keen feelings about the waters they consider theirs.

This issue of 41°N considers water in some of the many ways it permeates our lives—as supplying a fundamental need for all living things, as a conduit for international trade, as a source of refreshment and recreation, and even as the hidden essence of a millennia-old fermented beverage.

Drink it in, and as always, please let us know what you think.


Write us Please write to Letters, 41°N Editorial Office, Rhode Island Sea Grant, URI Bay Campus, Narragansett, RI 02882, or email 41N@gso.uri.edu.



FISH_COVERFollow the Fish| As waters warm, species are on the move
by Chris Barrett
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Construction of the Slater Mill Dam in Pawtucket was completed in 1793, and marked the beginning of the American Industrial Revolution.

Remove all Obstructions | The long, slow road to restoring Rhode Island’s rivers
by Hugh Markey
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AIS_COVERPlace Invaders | Global shipping’s aquatic stowaways wreak havoc in local waters
by Meredith Haas
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Scituate_aerialThe Scituate Reservoir | A reminder of the price of progress
by Maury Klein
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DNAPassing the DNA Test |  New testing method will quickly identify beach contamination–and its source
by Tim Faulkner
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Aaren Simoncini of beer'd Brewing Company recognizes that the mineral content of his water source changes with the seasons.

Brewing Liquor | From water to beer
by Aaron McKee
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oystersTaste of a Place | Water gives oysters unique “meroir”
by Sarah Schumann
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Climate_CasinoBook Review: The Climate Casino by William Nordhaus | Risk, uncertainty, and economics for a warming world
by Emi Uchida
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Book Review: The Devil’s Cormorant | A Natural History
by Hugh Markey
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Opinion: As Climate Changes, Time to Disclose Threats to Coastal Property Buyers?
by Dan Kopin
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