- Associated Press - Monday, November 2, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Environmental groups say Narragansett Bay and its watershed are getting healthier, but big challenges still remain in urban areas around New England’s largest estuary.

The University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute and the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program are releasing their 5th annual Watershed Counts Report at an event Monday morning.

They say the report will highlight work being done in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to restore the watershed, such as dam removal projects and improvements to wastewater treatment plants.

Jonathan Stone, executive director of the advocacy group Save The Bay, said in a statement that waters around the region’s biggest cities, including Providence and Pawtucket in Rhode Island and Taunton and Fall River in Massachusetts, still lack public access and continue to experience poor water quality throughout the year.

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