"In the long term, economic sustainability depends on ecological sustainability."

— “America’s Living Oceans” (Pew Oceans Report, 2003)

Americans annually spend $5 billion on fertilizers for their lawns, according to the EPA. Yet, you can get fertilizer for free by composting leaves, grass clippings, vegetable scraps and other organic waste.

Healthy forests ensure healthy watersheds, and healthy watersheds provide many benefits to humans and wildlife, including the protection of water quality that is critical to public health, local economies, habitats and ecosystems.

 

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Monday
Jul212014

Pull of Rhode Island’s Rivers is Powerful

By DAVID SMITH/ecoRI News contributor

It seems that there were three phases to the eight-day, 18-town, 101-mile-long Paddle Across Rhode Island and denial was not one of them. The four of us knew exactly what we were up against. Well, we didn’t know about the chafing, blisters and sunburns that awaited us, but then again, perhaps we didn’t want to know.<<Read more

Monday
Jul212014

Prey for Return of Atlantic Cod Population

By PETER BAKER

A recent study illustrates what has happened to New England’s once plentiful Atlantic cod population, and the findings highlight the big role that little fish play in our marine ecosystems and economy. Diversity and numbers of forage fish available to cod and other predators has dwindled.<<Read more

Sunday
Jul202014

Renewable-Energy Program Adds 932 Solar Projects

By ecoRI News staff

More than 930 Massachusetts residents and businesses recently signed contracts to install solar electricity systems as part of the latest round of Solarize Mass. These systems constitute 6.1 megawatts of renewable-energy capacity that will generate enough electricity to power more than 900 average homes annually.<<Read more

Saturday
Jul192014

Natural-Gas Pipeline Expansion Draws Crowd

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

BURRILLVILLE. R.I. — Upgrading the pipeline compressor station in the northwest corner of Rhode Island is no small task. The proposed project requires several pieces of mammoth equipment and significant real estate. Critics say it also comes with major environmental risks.<<Read more

Friday
Jul182014

‘Fresh’ Farmer to Connect with Community

By KIERNAN DUNLOP/ecoRI News contributor

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Joel Salatin, a farmer, lecturer and author of “Folks, This Ain't Normal,” will be one of the eight keynote speakers at the Marion Institute's 10th annual Connecting for Change conference to be held in late October.<<Read more

Thursday
Jul172014

Good Medicine: Benefits of Green Infrastructure

By THOMAS BENJAMIN/ecoRI News contributor

WARWICK, R.I. — The evolution of Kent Hospital’s sustainable campus landscape initiative was both capital-project and master-plan driven. Today natural grasses, wildflowers, and native trees and shrubs cover the most prominent portions of Kent’s campus in gardens and landscape strips that passively pretreat stormwater.<<Read more

Tuesday
Jul152014

Meat-Eating Plants Losing Their Dining Room

By FRANK CARINI/ecoRI News staff

Like pollinators and amphibians, carnivorous plants are sentinels of environmental quality. One of the first things to disappear when a bog or wetland degrades is its population of carnivorous plants. Across the United States, including here in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, these habitats are being filled in and built upon.<<Read more

Monday
Jul142014

$430K to Fund Water Protection, Habitat Restoration

By ecoRI News staff

Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs recently awarded $429,239 in grants from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust for 13 projects to protect and restore rivers, watersheds and wildlife, including $15,000 to the Westport River Watershed Association to identify sources of fecal coliform pollution.<<Read more

Saturday
Jul122014

Engineering Students Help Small Farm Spin Ahead

By ecoRI News staff

SHELTON, Conn. —  A group of recent graduates of Fairfield University’s School of Engineering has developed a device to help small farms. “SpinLeaf” — an electric-powered greens spinner — was designed and built by the young engineers to help Stone Gardens Farm clean and dry loose-leaf greens.<<Read more

Thursday
Jul102014

New Bedford Builds Reputation with Solar Panels

By KAT FRIEDRICH/ecoRI News contributor

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The post-industrial cities of the Northeast have plenty of catching up to do. Or at least, that’s the dominant narrative. But this city of nearly 95,000 is working hard to build a new and glowing reputation by capitalizing on renewable-energy opportunities.<<Read more