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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.