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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Menhaden Much More Than Just an Industrial Ingredient

Menhaden Much More Than Just an Industrial Ingredient

Fisheries managers for the Atlantic Coast states face an important decision about what is sometimes called the most important fish in the sea: Atlantic menhaden. Officials could increase the allowable catch to appease the East Coast’s largest fishing industry. Or they could begin to manage this forage species in a way that protects fish, seabirds and whales, as well as the interests of the people who care about and depend on those animals.

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Providence Should be About People, not Parking

I would like to encourage your committee to reject any proposal to allow a garage without first-floor commercial occupants. I understand that the designers of the garage have asked to be able to build one without this provision. The consensus should be that any garage has to have ground-floor activity. Designers who can’t meet that qualification should go to Worcester or New Haven, where they can have free reign to ruin everything around them.

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R.I.'s Environmental Stewardship Keeps Growing

Rhode Islanders have a great and long-term commitment to conserving the state’s lands and waters and protecting the environment. Whether it’s hundreds of volunteers flocking to the shore to take part in beach cleanups or passing environmental bonds by totals that turn politicians green with envy, residents of the Ocean State have been huge supporters of any effort that involves protecting the state’s natural resources.

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