Rhode Island has no idea how much taxpayer-funded herbicide and pesticide is applied to publicly owned land. This photo was taken Aug. 11 at Cold Spring Park in Woonsocket, on the banks of the Blackstone River. (Bonnie Combs)

Rhode Island has no idea how much taxpayer-funded herbicide and pesticide is applied to publicly owned land. This photo was taken Aug. 11 at Cold Spring Park in Woonsocket, on the banks of the Blackstone River. (Bonnie Combs)

To find out how prevalent the application of herbicides and pesticides is in Rhode Island, ecoRI News recently reached out to the state departments of Environmental Management, Transportation and Health, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Greens on a Brownfield: Grocery Store Co-op Coming to Urban Food Desert

One of Urban Greens' newest cooperative members is its general manager, Janiqua Jackson, middle. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

One of Urban Greens' newest cooperative members is its general manager, Janiqua Jackson, middle. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

PROVIDENCE — More than 100 people gathered on a golden September afternoon to celebrate a groundbreaking that’s been years in the making.


Siting Board Denies Latest Appeal to Halt Proposed Power Plant

WARWICK, R.I. — Several motions to dismiss or delay the proposed Burrillville fossil-fuel power plant were denied Sept. 15 by the Energy Facilities Siting Board.


Herring River Estuary Restoration Big Northeast Project

A $700,000 Massachusetts state grant was recently awarded to help advance the restoration of the Herring River estuary in Wellfleet and Truro, one of the largest ecological restoration projects in the Northeast.

Small concentrations of orange-striped oakworm caterpillars have begun defoliating trees in areas of western Rhode Island. (Michigan State University)

Small concentrations of orange-striped oakworm caterpillars have begun defoliating trees in areas of western Rhode Island. (Michigan State University)

Shaun O’Rourke was recently named Rhode Island's first chief resiliency officer. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Shaun O’Rourke was recently named Rhode Island's first chief resiliency officer. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Since the flooding of 2010, the Rhode Island city of Cranston has been buying houses and tearing them down. (city of Cranston)

Since the flooding of 2010, the Rhode Island city of Cranston has been buying houses and tearing them down. (city of Cranston)


Health Department Puts Climate Before Power Plant

The Rhode Island Department of Health has questioned the wisdom of approving a fossil-fuel power plant with the potential of emitting greenhouse gases for 60 years.


Large Solar Arrays in Rural R.I. Stir Open-Space Debate

PROVIDENCE — Solar arrays planned for two of Rhode Island's more rural towns has furthered the debate about the impact utility-scale renewable-energy systems have on open space.