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Early spring deluge may improve bay’s health

While the record floods that struck Rhode Island in late March and early April caused significant damage and disruption, there may be one positive effect. The flood runoff into Narragansett Bay may improve the health of the bay's fisheries.

"The flood runoff produced the lowest salinity surface water and the highest April concentrations of phytoplankton ever measured during the 12 years of the study," said Mark Berman, an oceanographer in the NOAA Fisheries Service Narragansett Laboratory's marine ecosystems group. "A week after the flooding, the low salinity surface plume was evident all the way to the mouth of Narragansett Bay."

Click here to read the full release from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.