When you uncover the boat this spring, recycle your shrink wrap. If your marina doesn't have a recycling program, send them to Recycling Run, where they can learn about starting one. Be sure to give your marina any discarded fluids such as engine oil to recycle. Always label used oil and never simply leave in a location unattended.

On the first Earth Day (April 22, 1970), some 20 million people gathered in the streets of America to protest the Industrial Revolution. An environmental movement was born.

To celebate Earth Day 2014, here are a few quotes to remind us of the importance of nature:

"In wilderness is the preservation of the world."

— Henry David Thoreau

"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature."

— Frank Lloyd Wright

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."

— John Muir




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Municipalities Seek Help with Increased Flooding

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — The governor’s new Executive Climate Change Council is holding a flurry of meetings as it prepares a status report for May. Some of the findings, so far, reveal a complex bureaucracy that stifles efforts to address rapid increases in flooding, sea-level rise and other climate impacts.<<Read more


T.F. Green Runway Project to Alter Wetlands

By ecoRI News staff

WARWICK, R.I. — Due to the presence of a swamp and a river at the foot of the slope of Runway 34, the extension of the runway safety area will result in unavoidable alterations and impacts to these wetland resources, according to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.<<Read more


Green Bullets Bill Misses R.I. Target

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — A bill that would take the lead out of hunting ammunition was effectively shot down during its first Statehouse hearing. NRA calls the bill “nothing more than a backdoor attempt to target hunters and shooters.”<<Read more


Concerned Consumers Demand Walgreens Reduce Sale of Products Containing Toxic Chemicals

By ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — Concerned activists recently descended on the Walgreens on Atwells Avenue, saying the company has failed to take action to reduce the sale of products containing toxic chemicals. The shoppers pointed to a new study showing that some of the company’s products contain harmful chemicals.<<Read more


Climate Change Reshaping Urban Tree Populations

By FRANK CARINI/ecoRI News staff

Despite protecting us from the impacts of a changing climate, southern New England's trees are also threatened by wetter and warmer weather. The urban forests of today will likely look much different by the end of the century.<<Read more


29 Property Owners Cited for Cesspool Violations

By ecoRI News staff

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has issued citations to 29 property owners who are in violation of the Rhode Island Cesspool Act of 2007. The law applies to cesspools within 200 feet of the coastline, a public well or a reservoir.<<Read more


Anglers Conflicted on R.I.’s Trout Stocking Practice

By DAVID SMITH/ecoRI News contributor

WOOD RIVER — The question of whether the state should stop stocking trout on the upper reaches of the Wood River, from Barberville Dam on Arcadia Road upstream to Route 165, was met with mixed reviews on April 12, the opening day of trout fishing in Rhode Island.<<Read more


Slaughterhouse-1: R.I.'s Only USDA Poultry Facility

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

JOHNSTON, R.I. — Bad news for chickens. Good news for chicken farmers and locavores. Last week, the state's only U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified slaughterhouse for poultry opened for business. The remodeled facility at Baffoni’s Poultry Farm offers farms and backyard farmers a local option to slaughter chickens and turkeys.<<Read more


Call Made for Green Startups in Rhode Island

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — A recent forum was held to promote funding programs and services for Rhode Island green startups — companies that focus on green building, energy efficiency, renewable energy, biofuels, agriculture, waste, transportation and water.<<Read more


Routes 6 and 10 Put Providence in Chokehold

By JAMES KENNEDY/ecoRI News contributor

PROVIDENCE — The highway system that surrounds Providence has cut neighborhoods off from each other, and made the city less friendly to other modes of transportation. Would removing the 6-10 Connector remake the city for the better?<<Read more