Isn’t It About Time We Pick Up After Ourselves? We Could Follow Japan’s Lead

Isn’t It About Time We Pick Up After Ourselves? We Could Follow Japan’s Lead

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.

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Do Paddling Rules Belong in R.I. Boating Regs or Fishing Regs?

Do Paddling Rules Belong in R.I. Boating Regs or Fishing Regs?

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.

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Border Jumpers

Border Jumpers

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.

 

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Comprehensive, Coordinated Approach Needed to Manage R.I.’s Natural Waters

Comprehensive, Coordinated Approach Needed to Manage R.I.’s Natural Waters

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.

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