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The Comprehensive Watershed and Marine Monitoring Act of 2004


The general assembly finds and declares that there is a need for a marine monitoring system in the state that is capable of:

(a) measuring the changing conditions in the functionality and health of the waters of the state, including, but not limited to, Narragansett Bay and its watersheds, with one purpose being identifying and predicting potential problems in the marine habitat;

(b) providing a central database via the internet to store monitoring data and disseminate the analysis of this data to decision-makers and the public;

(c) establishing a mechanism to coordinate and make consistent, monitoring efforts between government agencies, municipalities, nonprofit organizations and universities; and

(d) providing the comprehensive data needed to assess a sudden perturbation in the marine environment and to contribute to efforts of disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery as defined in chapter 30-15 of the general laws entitled "The Rhode Island 18 Emergency Management Act."


Watershed & Marine Monitoring Act of 2004

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