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.
KINGSTON, R.I. — Many regions of Indonesia are struggling with how to clean up lakes and rivers that have become polluted with sewage, or have had seawater intrude into them. Two University of Rhode Island hydrologists are adapting a new technology they believe will solve the problem.
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.
MIDDLETOWN and NEWPORT, R.I. — The ponds that supply the Newport Water System and its nearly 15,000 service connections with drinking water and Aquidneck Island’s popular beaches are being stressed by polluted stormwater runoff.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently approved the Westport River total maximum daily load (TMDL) of nitrogen allowable in the estuary, as submitted by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in early April.
Nearly 1,500 pieces of fishing line at least a yard long were picked up on Rhode Island beaches last September as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. Balloons are also a problem.
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island's capital is one of the most polluted cities in New England, according to a new report on air pollution.
PROVIDENCE — The amount of plastic choking the planet, most notably the world’s oceans, is unfathomable. The evidence of this unrelenting assault overwhelming. The scale of this toxic pollution horrifying.