Here in rhode island the ocean and the coast define our way of life. The Nature Conservancy has been working over 30 years to protect our valuable resources including the health of our freshwater and saltwater. However there is still much degradation of water quality and a real need to focus on this important issue. The Conservancy is addressing water quality and coastal erosion issues through coastal habitat restoration projects to protect fish and shellfish and the address the effects of climate change on our shorelines. The Conservancy is looking after the quality of life people care about.