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Environment
9:01 am
Fri May 30, 2014

More Federal Funding Coming To RI To Clean Up Contaminated Sites

The new WaterFire headquarters in Providence are being cleaned up using federal funds designated to clean up Brownfield and superfund sites.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Rhode Island has received more than $2.7 million to clean up contaminated properties in Pawtucket, Providence, and Westerly.

Senator Jack Reed says these federal grants awarded through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program will help local governments protect public health and redevelop former industrial sites for better use. Reed says it’ll also benefit the economy by creating jobs and increasing the value of surrounding properties.

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Environment
4:06 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

More Than $1 Million To Help Dredge Winnepaug Pond

The Town of Westerly has secured more than $1 million in grants to dredge Winnepaug Pond in Misquamicut. Superstorm Sandy dumped about 60,000 to 70,000 cubic yards of sand, making it more shallow and warm.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The Town of Westerly has secured more than $1 million in grants to dredge Winnepaug Pond in Misquamicut. 

Winnepaug Pond, behind Misquamicut Beach, has built up a lot of sediment over the course of 50 years or more, said Amy Grzybowski, Westerly’s director of planning, code enforcement, and grant administration. She said the town has wanted to dredge the pond for more than 10 years. 

Then, Superstorm Sandy dumped more sand, making it more shallow and warm.

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Weather
8:36 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Flood Warning Remains In Effect For Rhode Island

A rain swollen Pawcatuck River in Westerly RI.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Flood warnings remain in effect for Rhode Island rivers, but forecasters for with the National Weather Service says people shouldn't fear a repeat of the historic floods of March 2010; which were the worst in the state.  However residents in Westerly were still worried.

Gail Quatromanni lives in a sprawling ranch with spectacular view of the Pawcatuck River.  But it hasn't been looking very pretty in the last couple days.  In a 24 hour period starting Sunday morning, Quatromanni said the river rose 19 inches.

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Politics
5:02 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

RI Senate Unveils Plan To Close Skills Gap

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed and senate leaders roll out legislation to close Rhode Island's skills gap.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The state Senate on Tuesday afternoon unveiled a new plan meant to close a skills gap in Rhode Island. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said the “Rhode to Work” plan is a response to business leaders’ complaints that they’re having trouble finding skilled workers.

The plan calls for creating a single workforce training system; improving adult education; and expanding the number of internships and apprenticeships in Rhode Island.

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RI News
5:18 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

RIDOT: $29M In Transportation Projects Seek Funding

The public has a chance to weigh in Friday on a slate of proposed transportation projects that will be paid for out of a new fund

The new fund helps cities and towns access low-interest loans for road construction projects. It’s modeled after the state’s Clean Water Finance Authority, which over the past 15 years has loaned out $1 billion for municipal sewage treatment projects. In fact, the Clean Water Finance Authority will administer this new transportation fund.

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RI News
9:20 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Westerly Zoning Board Takes Up Copar Quarry Expansion

Westerly’s Zoning Board is circling back to a cease and desist order against Copar and Westerly Granite. Tuesday's hearing picks up where the zoning board left off earlier this year.

Residents near Copar’s quary say it’s noisy and spews rock and dust into the air, causing health risks. Copar says the noise is no louder than a busy road.

Meanwhile, Copar and the Town of Westerly are locked in a lawsuit that the former town manager was hoping would be resolved in mediation.

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RI News
10:59 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Rhode Island Thanks Workers Who Helped Clean Up After Sandy

Tons of sand filled Atlantic Ave. in Westerly after Superstorm Sandy raked along the coast.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Scores of workers who helped clean up after Superstorm Sandy were officially thanked Friday.

The Department of Labor and Training said it had $1.5 million in federal aid and hired about 98 workers to help clean up after the storm. They cleared debris from Fort Adams State Park, the East Bay bike path and worked around Misquamicut Beach to get it ready for the Memorial Day opening of the summer season.

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RI News
7:02 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Misquamicut Beach, One Year After Superstorm Sandy

Atlantic Avenue was covered in tons of sand after Superstorm Sandy blew across Rhode Island.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

It was one year ago that Superstorm Sandy slammed onto the Rhode Island coast. The storm raked across Misquamicut Beach, destroying businesses and dumping tons of sand onto Atlantic Avenue. 

 

 

The streets are quiet in Misquamicut Beach, mostly the ocean roar and sounds of construction fill the air. Many of the motels and restaurants are closed for the season. But the New Land Motel and Apartments is open. Manager Rinette

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Environment
3:05 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

More Mosquito Samples in RI Test Positive for EEE

Four pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus, and three pools for EEE in Rhode Island this year.

Test results from two mosquito pools in Rhode Island have come back positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. This is the second time EEE has been confirmed in the state this year.

The samples came from traps set in Tiverton and Westerly.  The Department of Environmental Management says the findings aren’t surprising for this time of year, and it’s likely that EEE is present in other parts of the state.

Furthermore, two mosquito pools in Tiverton and Hopkinton have confirmed positive results for Highlands J Virus, that virus is a bird disease that doesn’t affect humans.

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Politics
9:04 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Task Force Issues Report to Coastal Cities: Prepare For More Extreme Weather

The town of Westerly was worried that it would still not be ready for the 2013 summer beach season after Superstorm Sandy.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A White House panel says coastal communities damaged by Hurricane Sandy should prepare for future storms due to rising sea levels.

The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding task force has released a list of recommendations to help communities reduce future damage.

The Presidential task force report says that towns and cities near the coastline need to spend money now in order to avoid costly damage later.

That’s because climate change and rising sea levels are increasing the threat of extreme storms.

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