Senator Jack Reed

State Rhode Island
Party Democratic
Term 3rd
Committees Appropriations (Subcommittee on Interior and Environment Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agendas (Chair)); Armed Services (Subcommittee on Seapower (Chair); Banking; Housing and Urban Affairs
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“Senator Reed has been a staunch advocate for protecting Rhode Island’s coastal environment and preserving Narragansett Bay. Senator Reed has secured millions of dollars to help restore the Bay and its ecosystems, educate the public about marine conservation, protect coastal property, and reduce pollution into the Bay from combined sewer overflows.”,

“Senator Reed understands that a clean environment is important to our state’s economy and Rhode Islanders’ health and quality of life. His conservation efforts have helped clean up and preserve Rhode Island’s open spaces, beaches, and waters, so future generations may appreciate the beauty of the state while living healthy, productive lives.”



Senator Reed has always been an active proponent of protecting and improving the health of our oceans and Rhode Island waterways. As the chair of the Subcommittee on Interior and Environment, Senator Reed has also has jurisdiction over several key environmental agencies such as the EPA and Department of the Interior. Senator Reed secured millions of dollars in federal funding for conservation projects to help preserve Rhode Island’s fish and wildlife populations, cultural heritage, and open spaces. Major projects included the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor and the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuges, as well as efforts to clean and preserve Narragansett Bay and Rocky Point.

Senator Reed also secured $2 million to establish a Southern New England Estuaries Geographic Program within the EPA, which will provide grants to Rhode Island and Massachusetts stakeholders to work on priority watershed restoration projects. In 2013, Reed received a distinguished service award for his efforts to protect and restore Rhode Island’s estuaries and water resources. The award was presented by the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association, Restore America’s Estuaries, Association of National Estuary Programs, Narragansett Bay Research Reserve, Save the Bay, and the RI Department of Environmental Management.

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