Rhode Island has a freshwater resource inventory that includes 14 major watersheds with 140 freshwater lakes and ponds and 22 groundwater aquifers.


“The correlation between poverty and obesity can be traced to agricultural policies and subsidies."

— Michael Pollan, author

Gas, propane and electric grills burn more efficiently and cleaner than charcoal or wood. If you have a charcoal grill, make sure you burn natural lumps, not briquettes, and don't use more than you need.

 

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Thursday
Aug212014

Bats in the Belfry ... Attic, Studio and Toilet

By KATHIE FLORSHEIM/ecoRI News contributor

It was Halloween night when I saw a huge shadow on the wall in the living room. The wing span was the size of an eagle’s. I left the house, fast. That was my first experience finding a bat in my Rhode Island home. That was 39 years ago.<<Read more

Wednesday
Aug202014

Activists Urge Whitehouse to End Pipeline Support

By ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — Activists opposing a natural-gas pipeline expansion project took their cause to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on Aug. 19 by holding a sit-in at his downtown office. Some Burriville residents are concerned that the increased flow of natural gas will intensify greenhouse gas emissions and support fracking.<<Read more

Tuesday
Aug192014

Opponents Petition Fall River’s PAYT Trash Pickup

By JOYCE ROWLEY/ecoRI News contributor

FALL RIVER, Mass. — A recent petition claims the mayor failed in his fiduciary responsibility and asks for his recall for initiating a pay-as-you-throw trash collection program (PAYT), which the document calls “regressive and punitive to citizens and businesses.”<<Read more

Tuesday
Aug192014

Public Pressure Forces Pipeline Expansion Hearing

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

Pressure from environmental groups and politicians has yielded a public hearing for a proposed natural-gas pipeline expansion that includes the build-out of a compressor station in Burrillville. The announcement comes after an Aug. 16 march against the major expansion of the compressor station.<<Read more

Monday
Aug182014

R.I. Lawmakers Grade Well on Environmental Issues

By ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — The Environment Council of Rhode Island recently released its biennial Green Report Card for the 2013 and 2014 General Assembly sessions. Recent leadership on climate change, renewable energy and other issues helped earn lawmakers higher marks on average than two years prior.<<Read more

Sunday
Aug172014

Gas Stations, Coffee Shops Must Recycle; Most Don't

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut all require businesses to recycle their plastics, paper and glass, even items left by customers. This law, however, is rarely followed or enforced. Yet containers and packaging represent the single largest category of municipal waste.<<Read more

Saturday
Aug162014

Environmentalist’s Case Against EPA’s Carbon Rule

By KEN WARD

Virtually every major U.S. environmental organization has enthusiastically endorsed this plan, but none of them addressed the vast discrepancy between what is necessary, in terms of geophysical imperatives, and what is considered politically feasible. Perhaps there was a time when inadequate incremental climate policies were valuable, but now is not that time.<<Read opinion

Thursday
Aug142014

Biologists Assessing R.I.'s Black Bear Population

By ecoRI News staff

Biologists from the University of Rhode Island and the state Department of Environmental Management have begun a research program aimed at determining the population and movement patterns of black bears living in the state.<<Read more

Thursday
Aug142014

Replace 6-10 Connector with Urban Boulevard

By ALEX KROGH-GRABBE

Due to the massive public investments in highways and car infrastructure that our federal, state and local governments have made in the past 50 years, in many places today the only safe option is cars. I think you’ll agree that having more options would be better.<<Read opinion

Tuesday
Aug122014

Rehoboth Cornfield Grows Renewable Energy

By JOYCE ROWLEY/ecoRI News contributor

REHOBOTH, Mass. — In a cornfield in this small right-to-farm town, a Colorado-based company has built a 4,400-panel community solar garden, one of 40 such solar projects it has built or is building nationwide. These community-based solar gardens open up access to renewable energy for renters, businesses and nonprofits.<<Read more