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