PROVIDENCE — Two decades ago the installation of an award-winning art sculpture sparked WaterFire. This now-hugely popular event is a tourist attraction, destination event for locals and a vital piece of the city’s economy. A vertical farm on the I-195 land could do the same.Read More
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PROVIDENCE — I keep spending more time in the North Burial Ground, and continue to find it the liveliest place in the city. For several years, I have been filming the cemetery’s wildlife, with a special emphasis on life in two small ponds and the amphibians that inhabit them.Read More
The New England Fishery Management Council recently dealt a serious blow to the region’s ocean health with a vote to sharply reduce the amount of seafloor set aside to protect marine habitat for fish.Read More
YAMAGATASHI, Japan — Before I moved here last year, I talked with friends in Rhode Island one evening about what we thought I could expect. Our only ideas seemed like wild stereotypes — strange and costly delicacies, impeccably clean streets, a bit of a seedy underbelly — and the only thing we agreed on in the end was that we knew nearly nothing about the place.Read More
PROVIDENCE — The trashy scene left behind after the Brown University Class of 2015 graduated perfectly exemplified growing U.S. selfishness. Kindergartners leave a cafeteria with more grace than the self-important who exited the Main Green by dumping their lunch trays on the ground.Read More
In Rhode Island, where recreational waters and seafood restaurants attract tourists by the tens of thousands, protecting those economic assets should be a top priority for our legislators. We must ensure mercury-containing products, such as compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), are recycled properly.Read More
Sometime in the past couple years, the residents along one or more of Rhode Island’s lakes and ponds got tired of competing with fishing tournaments every few weekends all summer long. The boat ramps were always crowded and the big bass boats were too fast and noisy. The cars with boat trailers filled parking areas and lined the surrounding streets, leaving residents unable to launch their own boats and with no place to park. The state's solution lacks common sense.Read More
Climate change is the existential crisis of our time. The removal of organics from our landfill stream is one of our key strategies for reducing the production of greenhouse gases, especially methane, and provides a new resource for one of the few industries in Rhode Island that is expanding, agriculture.Read More
Bill Betty, like Sue Morse, an expert in natural history and one of the top wildlife trackers in North America, believes the northern counties in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and New York would be ideal places for migrating mountain lions to reoccupy. These areas have what cougars need to survive: prey, open space and cover.
So what has happened with the Rhode Island Bays, Rivers and Watersheds Coordination Team? In a nutshell, the governors that I served under didn’t communicate consistently to agency leaders their support and expectations for the agency. Accordingly, agency leaders came to utilize it to pursue individual agency needs and priorities, rather than committing themselves to implementation of the agency’s responsibilities.Read More