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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.