I would link the original article but the Providence Journal requires an onerous registration process, even blocks usage of theBugMeNot Firefox extension.
In any case, the article titled “Massive clam die-off may bode ill for Bay”. Apparently Narragansett bay from the Providence River on down to Conimicut point is permanently closed to fishing because of pollution. As such it has become prime seeding ground for steamer clams.
The problem is, the baby clams are dying off in huge numbers.
Granted we’ve had lots of rain this past spring which probably washed god knows what into the water and it hasn’t been terribly windy which helps oxygenate water. But this isn’t so much about the clam die-off as it is about our susceptibility to a hurricane.
In shallow areas of the bay (3 to 10 feet) temperatures are 81.8F, whereas in deeper areas it’s 77F to 79F. That is damnably warm for Narragansett Bay. When you think about it, a hurricane is nothing but a heat engine. And water temps over 65-70F is prime fuel for a hurricane.
We’re better prepared right now than we were pre-Katrina. But we’re not well prepared when it comes to the amount of developent that has occured along the edges of the bay and along the coast of Rhode Island.
Waterfront living is nice when weather is perfect but can get downright ugly when a storm rolls in.
I’ve also noticed an uptick in the number of violent thunderstorms we’ve been getting lately. That is a harbinger of things to come.
Of course I also note that 24,000 National Grid customers lost power during last nights thunderstorm. But that wasn’t mother nature, that’s what happens when you deregulate a public utility and then let a foreign corporation come in and take it over. Investment in outside plant goes down, while return on investment goes up. Funny how that works.