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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.