Climate change has forced Mother Nature to make it rain ... on southern New England. In the past decade, the region has witnessed an increase in extreme rain and snowfall events. All this extra water is having an impact on river flow and making damaging floods more frequent.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Much of the concern associated with climate change, at least in southern New England, is centered around rising seas. Often overlooked in the numerous public discussions is what all that extra water holds. And what it holds is some really nasty stuff.
PROVIDENCE — Leah Bamberger, the city’s recently appointed sustainability director, wants to enlist you to help make Providence a more environmentally friendly and healthy place to live, work and play.
PROVIDENCE — Although the installation of new cesspools has been banned in Rhode Island since 1968, cesspools are officially on the way out. The House recently passed a plan to phase out all existing cesspools in the state.
PROVIDENCE — The General Assembly recently passed a bill that shifts oversight of construction near wetlands, such as ponds and streams, from cities and towns to the state. Although environmental groups had resisted the concept for years, they now are mostly on board with the new law.
The Moswansicut Reservoir phosphorus project, an 18-month initiative to use education, outreach and volunteerism to reduce reservoir pollution, is making progress.