Rhode Island recently awarded grants totaling $1,137,000 to eight solar projects. (EPA)

Rhode Island recently awarded grants totaling $1,137,000 to eight solar projects. (EPA)

Two farms, a real-estate office, a jewelry maker and an animal hospital are among the latest recipients of state grants for new solar projects. The funds are awarded by the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund and were recently approved by Commerce RI.

R.I. Watershed Group Gifted Connecticut Farm

About a hundred yards below where the Green Fall River and Parmenter Brook converge to form the Ashaway River. It is part of the Pawcatuck River watershed. (David Smith/ecoRI News)

About a hundred yards below where the Green Fall River and Parmenter Brook converge to form the Ashaway River. It is part of the Pawcatuck River watershed. (David Smith/ecoRI News)

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. — A Rhode Island-based nonprofit recently acquired the conservation easement for 192 acres here. The easement and its provisions will help protect a section of the Pawcatuck River watershed from development, according to Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association officials.

Enforcement of Sandy Point Rules to Increase

Sandy Point Island in Little Narragansett Bay might have a new protector: the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The current owner of the 35-acre island is the Avalonia Land Conservancy. The Connecticut land trust is working out an agreement with the FWS to provide enforcement of the nature preserve’s rules beginning this year.

Rebuild or Retreat Question Bad for Mental Health

PROVIDENCE — The Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council has until the end of 2016 to come up with a plan for cutting state greenhouse-gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. A contractor will be hired to develop the emission-reduction plan. The EC4 must also establish non-binding strategies for adapting to sea-level rise, severe weather, threats to infrastructure, and impacts on public health, the economy and the environment.

Atlantic Ocean oil and gas leases expired in the mid-1990s, after exploratory wells came up empty. Forty-three exploratory wells were sunk in the North Atlantic, one in the Mid-Atlantic and seven in the South Atlantic. (istock)

Atlantic Ocean oil and gas leases expired in the mid-1990s, after exploratory wells came up empty. Forty-three exploratory wells were sunk in the North Atlantic, one in the Mid-Atlantic and seven in the South Atlantic. (istock)

Elvers are juvenile American eels, pictured above, and they enter coastal waterways from Texas to Nova Scotia each spring. (Garold W. Sneegas/for USGS)

Elvers are juvenile American eels, pictured above, and they enter coastal waterways from Texas to Nova Scotia each spring. (Garold W. Sneegas/for USGS)

Sick of all this snow? Blame warming temperatures during the rest of the year. (NASA)

Sick of all this snow? Blame warming temperatures during the rest of the year. (NASA)

New Development Can Help Preserve Natural Areas

Rhode Island is home to many special places. The diversity of these natural, cultural and recreational assets defines the character of our communities and adds immeasurably to our quality of life. The good news is that about 22 percent of Rhode Island’s land area has been permanently protected for future generations to enjoy.

Energy Companies Keep Quiet on This Front

Left out of the talking points that support expanding pipelines in New England are the efforts by energy companies to deliver that natural gas to Canada for export overseas.

Unique Partnership in Bourne to Restore Water Quality

BOURNE, Mass. — Buzzards Bay Coalition monitoring data show that the health of Red Brook Harbor has been impaired since the late 1990s. Since 2000, the harbor's health has been in steady decline, largely because of nitrogen pollution from septic systems.


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