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5:16 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Protecting the Eastern Bluebird in RI

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Northeast Region flickr.com

As spring arrives in the Ocean State it’s important to monitor your bird houses.

The Eastern bluebird, a native to southern New England, has been on the steady decline since the late 1800’s.  This is in part due to the introduction of the House Sparrow from Europe.

Rhode Islanders can help the Bluebird population by staying vigilant, says Linton Harrington, of the non-profit environmental group the Trustees of Reservations.

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Environment
2:46 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Junk Finds Home Through Reuse Marketplace

The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation has launched Rhode Island’s participation in a regional program—the “Reuse Marketplace.” This online marketplace allows businesses to find homes for extra items in their offices or warehouses that would otherwise be sent to the landfill.

Businesses and organizations from Rhode Island and several other northeastern states can post items they have or need, and anyone can browse these listings. Resource Recovery Recycling Services Director Sarah Kite says the online marketplace will benefit both businesses and the environment.

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Environment
3:44 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

CRMC Denies Deepwater Wind Request to Waive Fee

A subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council has denied Deepwater Wind’s request to waive a $700,000 fee. Deepwater Wind wanted the application fee waived for its offshore wind farm off Block Island.

After more than two hours of testimony and deliberation, the Ocean Special Area Management Plan subcommittee voted 4 – 1 to deny the fee waiver.

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Environment
4:04 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Glass to Trash: A Solution in the Works

Since last summer, all the glass you put into your recycling bin has been dumped into the landfill with the rest of the garbage. It was due to legislation passed in the General Assembly last session. But after about eight months of work, and more than 13,000 tons of glass thrown away, the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation--the company that runs the state landfill-- may have finally found a home for recyclable glass.

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Environment
4:33 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

CCRI Becoming More Energy Efficient

Governor Lincoln Chafee at CCRI
Credit Bradley Campbell

The Community College of Rhode Island is upgrading its flagship campus in Warwick. The upgrades are geared to save energy costs.

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Environment
8:04 am
Wed February 27, 2013

DEM Looking into Narragansett Bay Pollution

Shell fishermen are banned from fishing in the Upper Narragansett Bay. The Department of Environmental Management has found high levels of bacteria in the water.

DEM’s Chief of Surface Water Protection, Angelo Liberti, says it’s due to a portion of the Bucklin Point Wastewater Treatment plant in East Providence being taken offline. "And with the last rain event, they had some trouble balancing their treatment flow through their system which resulted in the release of partially treated wastewater.”

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Environment
8:33 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Shellfishing Area Closed

A Rhode Island shell fishing area is closed.  The Conimicut Triangle and Area A of the upper Narragansett Bay is closed because of discharge from a waste water treatment plant in East Providence.

The Department of Environmental Protection says the discharge had elevated fecal coliform levels.

The waters will be closed to shell fishing until sunrise Tuesday March 5th.  

The DEM says the Bucklin Point Waste Water Treatment Facility is working with the Department staff to meet stricter discharge limits.

Environment
5:04 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Plover Return Pressures Westerly Beach Sand Replacement

Atlantic Avenue in Westerly, with Misquamicut Beach to the right.
Credit RI Department of Transportation

The town of Westerly continues to work with State and Federal agencies to replace beach sand by the April 1st deadline. Winter storms have delayed the process of dune reconstruction, and now the CRMC is working with the town to provide expedited permits for property owners who want to replace the sand on their beach-front properties.

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Environment
8:02 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Bike paths are now ski trails

Cyclists wanting a clear ride on state bike paths during the winter will have to wait until the snow melts.

The Chief of Rhode Island State Parks, Robert Paquette, says the state does not clear bike paths during the winter. “You know, people use them more for cross country skiing in the winter so we don’t plow them, liability reasons. We don’t use salt because a lot of them go to water areas. And so there are many different reasons why we don’t plow our bike paths.”

Paquette adds the parks department will make sure the paths are clear in time for spring riding.

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Environment
7:57 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Warning for homes with well water

The Rhode Island Department of Health is reminding residents with private wells to take precautions. The melting snow could make the well water dangerous to drink.

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