The report assesses 24 indicators throughout the Narragansett Bay watershed, about 60 percent of which is in Massachusetts. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

The report assesses 24 indicators throughout the Narragansett Bay watershed, about 60 percent of which is in Massachusetts. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

Numerous factors, beyond climate change, sea-level rise and legacy contaminants, stress Rhode Island’s most significant natural resource. A new report examines these stressors.

Earth Care Farm annually takes in about 10,000 cubic yards of organic matter otherwise destined for the landfill. That material makes about 4,000 cubic yards of nutrient-rich compost. (ecoRI News)

Earth Care Farm annually takes in about 10,000 cubic yards of organic matter otherwise destined for the landfill. That material makes about 4,000 cubic yards of nutrient-rich compost. (ecoRI News)

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — For 40 years, Mike Merner has played the role of an organic alchemist, making a living for himself and his family turning stable and zoo manure, wood chips, leaves, straw shavings, seaweed, coffee grounds and food scrap into soil.


Mashapaug’s Last March is Last Chance to Wear Fish Costume

PROVIDENCE — UPP Arts’ signature event is its annual Urban Pond Procession, in which an all-ages group of more than 200 — sporting handmade fish costumes, banners and props, led by a brass band — takes to the streets near Mashapaug Pond.


Report: Connecticut’s Open-Space Goals Off Target

Connecticut isn’t on track for protecting 21 percent of the state as open space by 2023. The state is short of its goal of protecting 10 percent, and it’s unknown how much acreage has been protected by land trusts, municipalities and water companies that are trying to protect an additional 11 percent.

Towns with remaining pockets of open space and relatively large farms are butting heads with farmers and renewable-energy developers. (istock)

Towns with remaining pockets of open space and relatively large farms are butting heads with farmers and renewable-energy developers. (istock)

The project calls for a 77,500-square-foot casino, a two-story parking garage and 275 surface parking spots. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

The project calls for a 77,500-square-foot casino, a two-story parking garage and 275 surface parking spots. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

Main Street in Warren, R.I., is vulnerable to sea-level rise. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Main Street in Warren, R.I., is vulnerable to sea-level rise. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)


Size of Two R.I. Natural-Gas Leaks Remain Unknown

PROVIDENCE — Two recent natural-gas leaks in Rhode Island got the attention of the multinational fossil-fuel companies that own the pipelines. But it’s unclear what exactly is being done to fix the problems and what damage has been done.


No Urgency to Fix Ongoing Burrillville Natural-Gas Leak

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — The valve site about a quarter of a mile from the Ocean State Power facility has been leaking natural gas for months and possibly years.