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.
PROVIDENCE — Mayor Jorge Elorza recently signed an agreement with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to bring the city’s stormwater management system into compliance with its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit.
Rhode Island was the only state in southern New England to see its emissions increase in 2015. Pollution went up primarily because the Ocean State Power facility in Burrilliville used oil fuel that year, according to state and federal records.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — WHOI biologists Mark Hahn and Sibel Karchner have been studying PCB-resistant killifish in New Bedford Harbor since 1995, as part of an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund Research Program.
A settlement estimated to be worth more than $40 million was recently by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Protection. The settlement ensures that the cleanup of the Peterson/Puritan Inc. Superfund site in Cumberland and Lincoln, R.I. will move forward.
Nearly 3,300 Volkswagen and Audi vehicle owners in Rhode Island will receive between $5,100 and $10,000 in restitution based on the make of the car.
Most scientists agree that the water quality in Narragansett Bay and the waters that flow into it is quite good and getting better. But that’s not true by every measure. In fact, a URI oceanographer found that a New Jersey river designated a Superfund site is actually much cleaner than some water bodies in Rhode Island when it comes to a recently banned group of pollutants called perfluorinated compounds.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Mike Pellini doesn’t get down to the seaside home his grandfather built in 1940 as much as the Massachusetts resident would like. When he does, however, he’s increasingly spending his time removing graffiti from coastal rocks and cleaning up after others.