The location of the proposed Burrillville, R.I., fossil-fuel power plant is situated among some 16,000 acres of protected forestland in three states. The pink ribbon marks a boundary for the natural-gas power plant, and the X tarp is for aerial spotting. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

The location of the proposed Burrillville, R.I., fossil-fuel power plant is situated among some 16,000 acres of protected forestland in three states. The pink ribbon marks a boundary for the natural-gas power plant, and the X tarp is for aerial spotting. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — As one of the most highly-valued land-based ecosystems in Rhode Island — it easily could be argued that the state’s northwest corner is second in importance to only the Arcadia area — many project opponents are surprised local and state government and influential environmental nonprofits haven’t done more to fight for the integrity of the town's rural character.

Buy-Out Program Helps Floodplain Homeowners Relocate Their Lives

The deal is pretty straightforward: the federal government offers the homeowners fair-market value for the house and land; the house is demolished; the land is returned to its natural state. (Eileen Krugel/city of West Haven)

The deal is pretty straightforward: the federal government offers the homeowners fair-market value for the house and land; the house is demolished; the land is returned to its natural state. (Eileen Krugel/city of West Haven)

WEST HAVEN, Conn. — Four characters feature in this small-scale environmental drama with its happy ending: the city of West Haven, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the West Haven Watershed Restoration Committee, and nature.


Cranston Approves Hosting State's Largest Solar Farm

CRANSTON, R.I. — The city is once again advancing plans to host Rhode Island's largest solar array. On July 12, the City Planning Commission gave initial approval for a 21-megawatt solar farm on 60 acres in Western Cranston.


RIPTA Focuses on Improving Design of Bus Stops

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is developing a bus-stop design guide for use by the agency, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and municipalities. The guide will be referenced when roads with bus routes are repaved or reconstructed.

Saltmarsh sparrows have been declining at a rate of about 9 percent annually since the late 1990s. (Audubon Society)

Saltmarsh sparrows have been declining at a rate of about 9 percent annually since the late 1990s. (Audubon Society)

Buzzards Bay recreational fishermen may soon have access to improved scallop, oyster and quahog populations for recreational harvests, thanks to settlement funding being used by the state of Massachusetts and The Nature Conservancy. (©Lauren Owens)

Buzzards Bay recreational fishermen may soon have access to improved scallop, oyster and quahog populations for recreational harvests, thanks to settlement funding being used by the state of Massachusetts and The Nature Conservancy. (©Lauren Owens)

It’s the peak of shark fishing season, when hundreds of fishermen enter tournaments throughout southern New England to catch the biggest shark. URI's Bradley Wetherbee is worried. (istock)

It’s the peak of shark fishing season, when hundreds of fishermen enter tournaments throughout southern New England to catch the biggest shark. URI's Bradley Wetherbee is worried. (istock)


‘Toxic Tour’ Highlights Pollution Problems

PROVIDENCE — Just another block down Allens Avenue, the group arrived at Univar, where 3.3 million pounds of toxic chemicals such as chlorine, ammonium and formaldehyde are stored. The facility has a 14-mile hazard radius — the area that would need to be evacuated in the case of an accident at the plant.


South Side Says No to More LNG in Providence

PROVIDENCE — The Port of Providence could become home to another fracked-gas facility this year, if all goes according to National Grid’s plan. The proposed liquefied natural gas compressor station poses significant threats to the health and safety of residents in the area, according to the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island.