This half-sunk car ferry is among the junk that has polluted the Providence River. The companies responsible haven’t been held accountable. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

This half-sunk car ferry is among the junk that has polluted the Providence River. The companies responsible haven’t been held accountable. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

Since Smith Hill looks down on enforcement, the state agencies tasked with protecting the Ocean State’s natural resources are labeled anti-business and their resources are gutted. The environment and public health pay the price.



 The abandoned car ferry is just one of the junk vessels belonging to Rhode Island Recycled Metals that are partially underwater, completely sunk, or grounded just offshore. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

The abandoned car ferry is just one of the junk vessels belonging to Rhode Island Recycled Metals that are partially underwater, completely sunk, or grounded just offshore. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

The state’s most recent environmental compliance report reads more like a pitch to invest in Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management stock than a document of enforcement actions. And both the report and the agency’s growing lack of transparency has environmentalists concerned.


Chronic Criticism of CRMC Board as Calls for Reform Intensify

A citizen board lacking coastal knowledge and appointed by politicians has often ignored years of experience to overrule Coastal Resources Management Council staff on shoreline development projects.

 A new partnership, funded by a $300,000 grant, will bring together the existing composting efforts of Rhodeside Revival, Aquidneck Community Table, and The Compost Plant. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

A new partnership, funded by a $300,000 grant, will bring together the existing composting efforts of Rhodeside Revival, Aquidneck Community Table, and The Compost Plant. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

 Once abundant in Rhode Island waters, winter flounder numbers have declined significantly in recent decades. (Jerry Prezioso/NOAA)

Once abundant in Rhode Island waters, winter flounder numbers have declined significantly in recent decades. (Jerry Prezioso/NOAA)

 The project will enhance wildlife habitat and enable the marsh to withstand the impacts of sea-level rise and coastal storm surge. (TNC)

The project will enhance wildlife habitat and enable the marsh to withstand the impacts of sea-level rise and coastal storm surge. (TNC)


Solarized R.I. Landfill Doubles Energy Output

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Forbes Street solar array, once the largest in Rhode Island, recently doubled in size.


Upcycled R.I. Waste Sites Now Produce Solar Power

The University of Rhode Island and the towns of South Kingstown and Narragansett have created the South Kingstown Solar Consortium to develop an ambitious solar-energy project that will boost the amount of renewable energy flowing into the regional power grid.