Significant levels of phosphorous and nitrogen continue to cause algal blooms in West Monponsett Pond, left, that have closed beaches and caused fish kills. (Ted Broderick)

Significant levels of phosphorous and nitrogen continue to cause algal blooms in West Monponsett Pond, left, that have closed beaches and caused fish kills. (Ted Broderick)

HALIFAX, Mass. — For more than a decade, blue-green algae blooms in West Monponsett Pond have often ended summer fun early and rendered the boat ramp useless. Local residents are regularly cautioned about using the pond, because of harmful health effects linked to cyanobacteria

Offshore Turbines Face Stiff Winds

A new report suggests that the current models of wind turbines may not withstand the most powerful of hurricanes. (istock)

A new report suggests that the current models of wind turbines may not withstand the most powerful of hurricanes. (istock)

The study is intended to help the budding offshore wind industry as it expands into hurricane-prone regions, such as the East Coast. Current design standards require offshore wind turbines be built to withstand 112-mph winds


Court Issues Proposed Burrillville Power Plant a Setback

The court challenge had been filed by Invenergy Thermal Development LLC, developer of the proposed Clear River Energy Center. The Chicago-based company was attempting to halt a lawsuit that seeks to nullify the all-important agreement that allows the company to buy water from the town of Johnston.


Atlantic Marine Monument Protects Economy and Environment

New England’s ocean economy supports more than 230,000 jobs. It brings in $16 billion to the region — much of it from tourism and recreation. Whale watching in New England is big business, with nearly 1 million watchers in 2008. Seabird watching is also popular. Recreational fishermen visit the closer canyons for marlin, tuna and other game fish.

The bill will likely die in the Senate again, but the legislation enjoyed some political theatrics on the House floor last week. (istock)

The bill will likely die in the Senate again, but the legislation enjoyed some political theatrics on the House floor last week. (istock)

Mitigating the impacts of stormwater runoff don’t have to cost millions and take years to complete, such as this project at the Newport Yachting Center. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

Mitigating the impacts of stormwater runoff don’t have to cost millions and take years to complete, such as this project at the Newport Yachting Center. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

Work crews recently begin carving a temporary bypass channel around the Bradford Dam on the Pawcatuck River in preparation for the structure’s removal next month. (Nils Wiberg/Fuss & O'Neill)

Work crews recently begin carving a temporary bypass channel around the Bradford Dam on the Pawcatuck River in preparation for the structure’s removal next month. (Nils Wiberg/Fuss & O'Neill)


Groups Urge Public to Help Save Environmental Funding in Rhode Island Budget

PROVIDENCE — As the days and hours run out on this year’s General Assembly session, environmental groups are urging the public to reach out to lawmakers to support or oppose legislation and restore key funding.


Developer Helps Fund Pro-Power Plant Group

To counter the well-organized opposition movement against the proposed Burrillville, R.I., fossil-fuel power plant, a new pro-power plant group has emerged.