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Rhode Island

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Coastal Population 1,052,567 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 16 billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2016

Coastal management is about maintaining balance in coastal communities. It is a process that takes into consideration many factors, including development, the natural environment, coastal commerce, hazardous weather impacts, aesthetics, quality of life, water quality, erosion, and more.

This page profiles the coastal management organizations, federal and state, operating under the Coastal Zone Management Act and facts and figures about coastal management in Rhode Island.

Funding: Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council and the National Estuarine Research Reserves

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Thirteen percent, or 10,325 people, live in the floodplain in Newport County, Rhode Island.

Visit Coastal County Snapshots to learn more about flood risk in coastal counties.

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Changing Lands

Almost 20 percent of the state is developed. Thirty-five square miles of land cover changed from one use to another from 1996 to 2010.

Use NOAA's coastal Land Cover Atlas and regional reports to see change along Rhode Island's coast.

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Ocean Economics

Tourism and recreation is the largest employer among Rhode Island’s ocean-dependent economic sectors.

There are six sectors that make up the oceans and Great Lakes economy. Read this report or visit NOAA’s coastal and ocean economics website to learn more.

NOAA's Digital Coast provides data, tools, training, and information resources for Rhode Island’s coastal management community. See how Digital Coast is being used in this state.

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