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Environment
6:06 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Rhode Island To Identify Offshore Sand Sources For Beach Replenishment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers trucked in 90,000 cubic yards of upland sand sources, a relative small amount compared to future needs, to restore the beach from Superstorm Sandy damages.
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The U.S. Bureau of Energy Management has awarded Rhode Island $200,000 to identify offshore sand and gravel resources for replenishing beaches. This is part of a federal effort to help coastal communities recover from Superstorm Sandy and prepare for future major storms.

State officials expect future major storms to damage our beaches more than Superstorm Sandy did. That means Rhode Island’s sand needs will continue to grow as we experience more extreme weather events, said Grover Fugate, executive director of the Coastal Resources Management Council.

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Environment
5:44 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

RWU Kicks Off Summer Course For Aspiring Oyster Farmers

Oyster lovers who own waterfront property may now learn how to grow and harvest their oysters through a summer course at Roger Williams University. Registration for the class kicked off this week.

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Environment
4:59 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Hearing Examines Threats Posed By Climate Change

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse discussing climate change on the Senate floor.
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The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing this afternoon to examine climate change threats. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse chaired the hearing.

The hearing highlights the harm climate change imposes on the economy, people’s health, and natural resources. Whitehouse invited an economist, a businessman, and a Florida official among others to speak.

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Environment
1:05 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Cleanliness Of Narragansett Bay Improving Steadily

Watershed Counts' 2014 reports say the health of Narragansett Bay may be improving.
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"Watershed Counts," a collection of information that focuses on the water quality of the state's beaches, reports that the health of Narragansett Bay is improving. However, the report also monitors the effects of global warming and pollution on the bay and has found that beaches are still being closed due to higher than average bacterial levels in the water. 

Nicole Rohr of the University of Rhode Island's Coastal Institute worked on the report. She says climate change is causing more unpredictable storms, which has led to more polluted runoff into the bay. 

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Environment
8:53 am
Mon July 21, 2014

New Program Helps Elderly Deal With Climate Change

A program designed to help Rhode Island's older adult population prepare for climate change threats is one of several projects that will receive federal money as part of the state's disaster recovery action plan.  This program will receive $150,000 over the next two years.

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Environment
4:43 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

NOAA Awards Coastal Resiliency Grant To CRMC

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded nearly $200,000 to Rhode Island to make the state’s coastline more resilient to future storms and rising sea levels. 

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Environment
4:01 am
Mon July 14, 2014

RI Tagging Trees Across The State Threatened By Invasive Insects

A male asian longhorned beetle.
Credit UVM/USDA

Hundreds of bright orange and yellow tags will be going up on trees across the state starting Monday to heighten awareness of invasive insects that devastate forests.

The biggest concerns are the Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer. That’s because those species have been found in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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Environment
5:30 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Rhode Island Ranks In Top Tier Among Atlantic States In Offshore Wind Energy Development

Rhode Island and Massachusetts are leaders among East Coast states in the race to advance offshore wind energy development. That’s according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation.

These two states are the only ones that have secured a combination of necessary contracts, leases, and permits to build offshore wind farms. The report points to budding large-scale projects from offshore developers Deepwater Wind and Cape Wind. Construction for these projects, including the Block Island Wind Farm, is set to begin next year.

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Environment
7:01 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Group Paddles Across Rhode Island

Chuck Horbert of Scituate, Jim Cole of Charlestown, David Smith of Westerly, and Bill Luther of Seekonk, Mass., will paddle across Rhode Island for eight days. They started their journey on the Blackstone River in North Smithfield.
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Four New Englanders have begun to canoe and kayak across Rhode Island from north to south to advocate for improved river access. 

Their journey started at the Blackstone River in North Smithfield. They'll paddle and portage their way down to Westerly.  Chuck Horbert of Scituate said their route will take them through eight different rivers, portions of the upper Narragansett Bay, and through 17 of the state's 39 cities and towns. Horbert, who sits on the board of the Rhode Island Blueways Alliance, said this trip is a personal challenge.

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Environment
5:01 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Peregrine Juvenile Falcons Recover From Hunting Crashes

These male peregrine chicks were born atop the Superman Building in the spring. One of young falcons died over the weekend while swooping, or practicing hunting. A second is recovering at a rehabilitation center.
Credit Courtesy of Peter Green via Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Over the weekend, two of the falcons born atop the Superman building in May crashed into a building downtown while they were swooping, or practicing hunting. 

The Born to Be Wild Nature Center is rehabilitating the falcon that survived the crash.

Jeff Hall from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island is hopeful the injured juvenile falcon will make a full recovery. 

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