On Aug. 19 the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management issued an advisement warning the public to avoid contact with Warwick Pond because of probable blue-green algae. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

On Aug. 19 the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management issued an advisement warning the public to avoid contact with Warwick Pond because of probable blue-green algae. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

WARWICK, R.I. — The Warwick Pond watershed is about 855 acres and much of that area is highly urbanized. Stormwater runoff flowing into the 85-acre pond is a problem that is slowly being addressed. There are 44 identified storm drains that discharge directly or indirectly into Warwick Pond.

Timber! Region’s Forests Being Hunted

Conservationists and naturalists are concerned that plans to create shrubland habitat and expand fossil-fuel infrastructure could damage the biodiversity provided by southern New England’s forestlands, such as this tract of woods in northwest Rhode Island. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

Conservationists and naturalists are concerned that plans to create shrubland habitat and expand fossil-fuel infrastructure could damage the biodiversity provided by southern New England’s forestlands, such as this tract of woods in northwest Rhode Island. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

The 2008 forest survey of Rhode Island reported a total of 348,400 acres of forest in the state — a reduction of more than 11 percent from the 393,000 acres reported in 1998, according to the 2015 R.I. Wildlife Action Plan. The past eight years haven’t been any kinder to the state’s collection of forests.


Chicago Native Offers Providence Ray of Hope

PROVIDENCE — Though he has five children, 16 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, Raymond Smith says his family’s a lot bigger than that. “My kids? I guess you’d say it’s everybody in Providence. My job is to help address the spirit of abandonment and rejection that comes when your mom’s on crack and your dad’s in jail.”


Getting Harder for Proposed Power Plant to Find Water

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — A power plant needs water, but the proposed Clear River Energy Center is having trouble getting it. In the latest defeat, the Pascoag Utility District, the public water utility for 1,200 local residents, recently voted to deny Invenergy access to polluted municipal wells for cooling water.

Cape Cod fishermen may be on their way to some relief from sharing inshore fishing grounds with mid-water herring trawling, a practice they say is threatening their livelihoods. (CCCFA)

Cape Cod fishermen may be on their way to some relief from sharing inshore fishing grounds with mid-water herring trawling, a practice they say is threatening their livelihoods. (CCCFA)

According to Providence's planning department, old windows account for part of the historic character of the home and neighborhood and shouldn't be replaced with more efficient double- or triple-windows. (Kevin Proft/ecoRI News)

According to Providence's planning department, old windows account for part of the historic character of the home and neighborhood and shouldn't be replaced with more efficient double- or triple-windows. (Kevin Proft/ecoRI News)

The Fair Workweek Coalition is working to change unfair scheduling practices in Rhode Island. (Fair Workweek Coalition/Facebook page)

The Fair Workweek Coalition is working to change unfair scheduling practices in Rhode Island. (Fair Workweek Coalition/Facebook page)


Use ReStore Bins to Recycle Plastic Bags

Plastic bags contaminate loads of recyclable materials and wrap around the equipment at the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation recycling facility, causing frequent shutdowns. Bring plastic bags to ReStore recycling bins in front of pharmacies, grocery stores and retail stores.


Lawmakers Ignore Waterfront Environmental Concerns

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island’s elected representatives didn’t even flinch when, right before the 2016 session ended, they OK’d putting a bond to expand the Port of Providence, which included the possibility of using taxpayer money to fill in 31 acres of Narragansett Bay, on the Nov. 8 ballot.