Rhode Island's shoreline, including Block Island and Narragansett Bay, is approximately 340 miles long. About 280 miles are privately owned, 50 miles are owned by state and local government, and 10 miles are owned by the federal government. There are about 724 miles of rivers and streams in the state, the lowest number of all the New England states.
The Corps has constructed five shore and bank protection projects in Rhode Island to stem erosion of the shoreline and riverbanks. Four of these projects were built to protect the shoreline and one was constructed to strengthen an inland streambank. Total construction costs amount to $2.4 million.
The following pages describe the Corps' shore and bank protection projects in Rhode Island.
Shore and Bank Protection Projects: