BOSTON — The Environmental Protection Agency recently gave a grade of B for water quality last year in the Charles River. This is a slight reduction from the B+ grade awarded for water quality in the river in 2015.
There’s an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the world’s oceans. Some 8 million tons of plastic enter the sea annually. How much is floating in local marine waters remains a mystery.
The Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management recently advised people to avoid contact with St. Mary’s Pond in Portsmouth because of blue-green algae.
NEWPORT, R.I. — About 50 cyclists and volunteers gathered recently under cloudy skies at Brenton Point State Park to celebrate the inaugural Elliot’s Ride for Safety and Wellness.
WESTERLY, R.I. — The town has a long history of granite mineral mining that reaches back as far as the 1830s. In fact, the quarry in the village of Bradford was once home to world-famous Sullivan-Westerly Granite.
KINGSTON, R.I. — The ticks that transmit Lyme disease to people die of dehydration when exposed to a combination of high temperature and lowered humidity, a new study by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Rhode Island has found.
In late October of last year, the water level of Silver Lake was down 72 inches, or 6 feet. Three weeks later, in mid-November, the level had dropped another 8 inches. Large portions of Massachusetts remain under drought conditions, but Alex Mansfield and Pine duBois of the Jones River Watershed Association claim the lake’s demise is a preventable manmade crisis.
Both Johnston and North Providence, R.I., were recently required to identify and eliminate the causes of sewage overflows from their collection systems.
CVS Health is slowly making strides to rid its shelves of chemical-filled cosmetics and shampoos, according to a new report on consumer safety.
PROVIDENCE — The health of Narragansett Bay is influenced by the freshwater rivers that flow into it, and depends on the protection of headwater streams in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. — In spring 2010, significant flood damage from two storms caused emergency evacuation, property losses and interruption of utility services in the Woloski Park neighborhood. Flooding of the sole access route to this isolated neighborhood is a perennial problem.
As a nation we’re making slow progress reversing the nutritional damage done by industrialized food during the past five decades. It’s not always easy to see the progress when rates of childhood obesity and heart disease continue to rise, Monsanto still dominates agriculture, and equal access to fresh food remains a challenge.
In southern New England, our waters, from reservoirs to trout streams to popular beaches, are constantly stressed. As the region’s population grows and the climate changes, keeping water supplies suitable for consumption, cooking, bathing, fishing and swimming will require significant investments and vigilant management.
More than a decade after it was learned that consuming unsafe amounts of an industrial chemical once used to keep food from sticking to pans and since linked to cancer, birth defects and heart disease, government regulators have failed to set enforceable standards to ensure drinking water is safe.