All of Rhode Island’s programs, initiatives, and goals are well-meaning actions, but without concrete efforts backing them up, they won’t stem the tide of plastic pollution in any significant manner.
PROVIDENCE — The Conservation Law Foundation is taking on one of biggest companies in the world and one of the city’s most prominent waterfront businesses in the name of climate change.
CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — People flock to live on and visit the coast here, but in the town’s most-densely developed area, excess nitrogen from all those coastal dwellings is threatening the health of three salt ponds that are the foundation of the local tourism industry.
Bacterial contamination from enterococci, rod-shaped bacteria found in the human intestine and a good indicator of the presence of human waste, is the leading contaminant in Rhode Island’s impaired fresh waters.
NEWPORT, R.I. — Strawless by the Sea launched June 8 and will continue through the summer. Bars, restaurants and other establishments are encouraged to make a voluntary commitment to stop offering plastic straws and stirrers.
Most of the settlement funds will be spent on a plan between the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and the Department of Environmental Management to electrify a portion of state’s fleet of 250 buses.
Environment Massachusetts has launched a new statewide campaign to ban polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam.
WEST GREENWICH, R.I. — During a recent hike of the Big River Management Area there was plenty of evidence of runoff damage, such as accumulating silt on rocks and stream beds and out-of-place gravel and rocks that could only be classified as washed-away quarry debris.
About 8 million tons of plastic waste is dumped in the world’s oceans every year.
Rhode Island and eight other states are suing the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to enforce rules that regulate climate emissions from landfills.
Industrial facilities dumped excessive pollution into Massachusetts waterways 124 times over 21 months.
President Trump’s war on pollution rules prompted nine states to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over its decision to ignore smog regulations.
MILFORD, Conn. — Ribbed mussels can remove nitrogen and other excess nutrients from an urban estuary and could help improve water quality in other urban and coastal locations, according to a recent study.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the state of Massachusetts, and the state of Rhode Island reached a proposed settlement Oct. 19, which, if approved by the court, will require the Bouchard Transportation Co. to pay more than $13 million.