A pipe running between two dams on Ten Mile River in East Providence could reactivate the dormant Hunt’s Mills hydropower facility. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

A pipe running between two dams on Ten Mile River in East Providence could reactivate the dormant Hunt’s Mills hydropower facility. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Policies that better support the renewable-energy sector would help lessen out-of-region reliance on fossil fuels and strengthen southern New England's economy. In fact, southern New England’s expansion of renewable-energy incentives  and initiatives is expected to create a surge of low-tech, high-tech, white-collar and blue-collar jobs.

Local Businesses Appreciate Economic Benefit of Environmental Protections

Southern New England is known for its many outdoors activities and the businesses that support them. (David Smith/ecoRI News)

Southern New England is known for its many outdoors activities and the businesses that support them. (David Smith/ecoRI News)

Much of southern New England's economy relies on wise climate policies and adaptations, clean water, protected space and biodiversity. Some of the region's largest economic drivers — marine industries, real estate and tourism — generate much of their economic benefit from within the floodplain.

Voluntarily Bottling and Sampling the Blackstone River

Volunteers test 75 sites along the Blackstone River monthly. In Rhode Island, 15 volunteers share duties watching over 17 different streams and tributaries flowing into the Blackstone.

Settlement Reached in Polluted Centredale Manor Case

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice have reached a settlement with New England Container Company Inc. relating to the Centredale Manor restoration project Superfund site. Under the terms of a consent decree filed April 10 in U.S. District Court, NECC will make a payment of $8.75 million to resolve its liability.

New England’s governors agreed at a recent energy summit to work collaboratively on energy issues facing the region, principally by supporting the development of more natural-gas pipelines.

New England’s governors agreed at a recent energy summit to work collaboratively on energy issues facing the region, principally by supporting the development of more natural-gas pipelines.

The new segment would continue northbound to Cricket Field at Greystone Avenue and Angell Avenue, near the Smithfield line. (Kevin Proft/ecoRI News)

The new segment would continue northbound to Cricket Field at Greystone Avenue and Angell Avenue, near the Smithfield line. (Kevin Proft/ecoRI News)

A total of 65 North Smithfield. R.I., homeowners have joined the state's Solarize program. (istock)

A total of 65 North Smithfield. R.I., homeowners have joined the state's Solarize program. (istock)

Pipeline Expansion Through Little Compton Pulled

LITTLE COMPTON, R.I. — Some local residents are breathing easier now that plans for expanding a natural-gas pipeline have been scraped.

Mass. Company Awarded Contract to Remove White Rock Dam

A contract to remove the 112-foot-wide concrete White Rock Dam on the Pawcatuck River was awarded to SumCo Eco-Contracting LLC of Salem, Mass., on April 23 for $710,869. The dam is on the border of Westerly, R.I., and Stonington, Conn.

 


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