The Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded a $203,500 grant to the Rhode Island Department of Health for its coastal beach monitoring program.
The use of solder for drinking-water pipes that contain more than 0.2 percent lead was banned three decades ago, but there is no law that requires these pipes to be replaced.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — The University of Rhode Island recently received an $8 million federal grant to research how industrial compounds get into water supplies and harm humans.
BRISTOL, R.I. — Roger Williams University’s Marcia Marston and Koty Sharp are joining a research team from four universities to probe how viruses impact microbes critical for oxygen production and growing food.
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.