PROVIDENCE — The health of Narragansett Bay is influenced by the freshwater rivers that flow into it, and depends on the protection of headwater streams in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. — In spring 2010, significant flood damage from two storms caused emergency evacuation, property losses and interruption of utility services in the Woloski Park neighborhood. Flooding of the sole access route to this isolated neighborhood is a perennial problem.
As a nation we’re making slow progress reversing the nutritional damage done by industrialized food during the past five decades. It’s not always easy to see the progress when rates of childhood obesity and heart disease continue to rise, Monsanto still dominates agriculture, and equal access to fresh food remains a challenge.
In southern New England, our waters, from reservoirs to trout streams to popular beaches, are constantly stressed. As the region’s population grows and the climate changes, keeping water supplies suitable for consumption, cooking, bathing, fishing and swimming will require significant investments and vigilant management.
More than a decade after it was learned that consuming unsafe amounts of an industrial chemical once used to keep food from sticking to pans and since linked to cancer, birth defects and heart disease, government regulators have failed to set enforceable standards to ensure drinking water is safe.
DURHAM, Conn. — The Environmental Protection Agency has allocated $9 million to jump-start clean-up activities at the Durham Meadows Superfund site. The funding will support the installation of an alternative water supply serving more than 100 residential and commercial structures.
CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — Standing on the edge of Schoolhouse Pond, Chris Roman and Marcella Thompson watched as an unmanned kayak traveled back and forth across the pond in a series of calculated switchbacks. When it had completed its mission, the vessel returned to its starting point, where the two University of Rhode Island researchers were waiting.
New Englanders experienced a slight increase in the number of unhealthy air quality days this year, compared to 2014 and 2013, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — On a recent summer weekend, community outreach worker Genero Mendez talked to 17 people, mostly families, about the risks of eating the fish they were catching in New Bedford Harbor. He visits the city’s South End fishing spots to educate people who may not realize that the fish they are catching are contaminated with polychlorinated biphenols (PCBs).
PROVIDENCE — A new study that projects an increase in deaths and emergency visits in Rhode Island as climate change pushes summertime temperatures higher by the end of the century, has also revealed a finding of more immediate public-health concern: Even in the present day, when temperatures rise above 75 degrees there is a noticeable increase in medical distress among state residents of all ages
NEWPORT, R.I. — Even on some of the coldest mornings last winter, dedicated volunteers were keeping a watchful eye on water quality along the Aquidneck Island shoreline. After all, collecting more than 2,700 weekly water samples during the past nine years, odds are nasty weather sometimes tagged along.
WARWICK, R.I. — The May 26 public hearing began with several people asking the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to remove two sections of the fishing regulations that govern non-fishermen. The two sections in question state that permits are required for state fishing and boat access areas for 10 or more boats, paddle boards, regardless of propulsion, and permits should be applied for within two weeks prior to the activity.
KINGSTON, R.I. — A team of University of Rhode Island researchers will survey Rhode Islanders and assess their use of local waterways as part of two studies examining the different ways that local waters are used and what people think about those uses.
The cities of Groton and Norwich, Conn., will make significant upgrades to their drinking water treatment plants by eliminating the use of chlorine gas, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. These actions settle claims by the EPA that the cities violated federal clean air laws meant to prevent chemical accidents.