JOHNSTON, R.I. — We witnessed a travesty in democratic process on Jan. 10. A Town Council meeting was called solely to vote on authorizing a cooling-water contract with Invenergy, the Chicago-based company proposing the Clear River Energy Center in Burrillville.Read More
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There are other pending developments on the national front that I believe require a re-evaluation by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Gov. Gina Raimondo and other elected officials in this state of their views about this fossil fuel.Read More
The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association recognizes the potential environmental and economic benefits of improving and expanding high-speed rail service. However, the proposed route causes us serious concern about the potential for negative impacts to habitat, surface and groundwater, and public, private and conservation lands.Read More
The hemlock woolly adelgid and its ramifications can be seen throughout the native forests of the eastern United States. This has caused native eastern hemlocks, pillars of the Northeast hardwood forest population, to fall into serious decline.Read More
Adored for its beauty and ease of growth, and despised for its harmful, everlasting effects, the tree of heaven truly is glorious. Although deserving of our admiration, Rhode Island is one of a handful of states that must hop on board to regulate the distribution of this invasive tree, to combat its negative impacts within diverse ecosystems.Read More
There are few ecosystems today that are free from fragmentation and disturbance, a result of increased human development. More than 40 percent of Rhode Island’s native ecosystems are mowed or paved. Within many of the remaining intact green spaces, non-native species thrive.Read More