The 2023 Membership Campaign has begun. The Watch Hill Conservancy depends on the generosity of its members and donors to support the work we do in stewarding the Napatree Point Conservation Area, preserving the unique character of Watch Hill, and informing the community. The Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization, contributions to which are tax deductible. Continue Reading
The Watch Hill Conservancy's mission is to conserve, enhance, and maintain the natural, scenic, and historic values of Watch Hill and Little Narragansett Bay.
CELEBRATION OF SUMMER: Friday, June 30, 6:00 PM, Misquamicut Beach Club. Join us for an evening with friends to celebrate the start of summer 2023. ANNUAL MEETING: Monday, August 28, 6:00 PM, The Chaplin B. Barnes Reading Room in the historic Lanphear Livery. Following a short business meeting, we will have a presentation by URI Professor Alissa Cox on sea level rise and its impacts on home septic systems. This is a lecture you do not want to miss! Continue Reading
Bay Street Improvement
The Conservancy undertook a major project to remove the 73 unsightly utility poles located in and around the Village of Watch Hill, along the loop of Bay Street, Fort Road, Larkin Road, Bluff Avenue and Plimpton Road. This ambitious endeavor included burying electrical lines, water lines, storm drainage and relocating the electrical transformers.
Planning for Resilience
Watch Hill, by nature of its low elevation and proximity to the sea, is extremely vulnerable to inundation from sea level rise and storm surge. Nuisance tides now flood many streets in the community and access to some local destinations such as the Beach Club, Yacht Club, and Beach Cabanas is already difficult. Conditions will only get worse as sea levels rise.
A common theme that ripples through many of The Watch Hill Conservancy’s programs is informing our community. Young, old, residents, or visitors, we strive to make our community better aware of environmental, social, technical, political, and literary issues. We do this in many ways.