A boil water order remains in effect for 25,000 customers of the Kent County Water Authority after tests showed the water was contaminated with E. coli bacteria
School was held Monday in West Warwick but it wasn’t completely business as usual. Bottled water was trucked in Sunday afternoon, as soon as school officials learned of the problem with E. Coli bacteria in the water supply. And other changes were made to keep kids safe, according to Kenneth Townsend, the school department’s director of property services.
Residents and businesses in the North Kingstown area are invited to a free public meeting regarding the impacts of climate change, rising tides, and flooding in the coastal communities of Rhode Island.
Three more mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile virus. The positive results were from mosquitoes trapped in the Smith Hill area of Providence, in the southern section of East Providence, and in central North Kingstown. All of the mosquitoes were of a species that feeds on birds and mammals.
The Department of Environmental Management says these findings are not unexpected this time of year.
Backers of a plastic bag ban have been busy collecting petition signatures this summer. Environment Rhode Island says it has amassed ten thousand signatures urging the General Assembly to take up the issue once again.
Rhode Island would have become the first state in the country to ban plastic grocery bags under a bill that died in the last legislative session. Channing Jones of Environment Rhode Island says they are not deterred by their out-of-the-gate loss.
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.
For the first time this year, mosquitoes trapped in Rhode Island have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a virus characterized by the sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills and vomiting. A second mosquito batch has tested positive for West Nile Virus.
If you’ve noticed shortages at your local farmstand, you can blame Mother Nature. Local growers say late spring and early summer weather wreaked havoc on their crops.
Vinny Confreda, owner of Confreda Farms in Hope, has been forced to ration produce. If a grower wants 100 cases of sweet native corn, he may have to settle for 30. The problem, says Confreda, was an exceptionally wet June followed by an unusually hot July.
Throughout the month of August, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has been searching for evidence of the dreaded Asian Longhorned Beetle. A species so destructive it could defoliate much of New England.
Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender went out in search of the beetle with the D.E.M. team.
One of President Obama’s top advisers on climate change was in Rhode Island Wednesday, pressing the administration’s case for reducing the amount of pollutants in the air. The stars of the press conference were two children who suffer from asthma.
Eight year old Kenyatta Richards has asthma. On days when there’s an ozone alert – as there were nine times last month – she has to stay indoors to play. Although she’s too young to fully understand the concept of climate change, she believes there’s a link between it and her illness.