Deepwater Wind presented more than two and a half hours of testimony at the first public hearing for its permit application. The offshore wind developer’s experts detailed how the project takes careful measures to protect the coastal environment and its creatures. Environmental advocates gave supportive testimonies and urged the subcommittee to recommend the project for approval.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the Edgewood Yacht Club is seeking a permit to build a new clubhouse.
The old Edgewood Yacht Club stood on pilings along the Providence River for more than 100 years, until a massive fire destroyed it back in January of 2011. Now the yacht club is working to build a new clubhouse, a 2,025 square-foot structure located at the same location. The Edgewood Yacht Club needs a permit from the Corps of Engineers before it can start building.
Local nonprofits, cities, and towns across Rhode Island working to restore river habitats may benefit from an amendment tucked into a bill aimed at providing temporary relief to homeowners facing sharp rate increases in their flood insurance policies. That bill passed in the Senate on Thursday.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse introduced the amendment that would get rid of expensive permit fees for such projects as dam removals, culvert redesigns, and fish ladder installations.
Last year's Quahog Bowl first place team was Cranston High School West. Steve Krous (far right) coaches the school's ocean science bowl team and chairs the school's science department. His teams have won first place numerous times at the regional Quahog Bowl.
Four Rhode Island high schools will compete all day Saturday, Feb. 1 with eight other Connecticut high schools at an annual ocean science competition, called the Quahog Bowl.
The Connecticut Sea Grant’s Diana Payne organizes the competition and says Rhode Island schools typically do quite well.
“As a matter of fact, out of the 17 quahog bowls that have been held, Cranston [High School] West has actually won 15 of them,” said Payne. “They have represented the Quahog Bowl at nationals 15 out of 17 times. [That’s] quite a record.”
The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council says it does not object with the wind farm projects off Block Island proposed by developer Deepwater Wind.
Four CRMC staff members shared this position, along with 17 recommended stipulations, in a 53-page staff report earlier this week in advance of a public hearing on the project’s permit application next week.
For a pair of Rhode Island businessmen, sending food waste to the landfill doesn’t make any sense. So they’re raising money to build a composting plant. It would be the state’s first industrial-scale composting facility.
The Central Landfill is expected to reach full capacity in about 25 years. Leo Pollock and Nat Harris said their composting facility is not going to solve the state’s landfill problem, but it will help.
The presence of spotted turtles in wetlands can say a lot about a wetland's health. This is why spotted turtles and other endangered species are valuable species, because they are considered "bioindicators" of a habitat's health.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is updating its wildlife conservation plan. It’s part of a nationwide initiative to identify threatened and endangered species, and set aside money to protect them. Some of those species include big brown bats, herring, and spotted turtles.
This year’s project has a community outreach person who will oversee work done by cities and towns and help put their conservation plans to work. The DEM’s Jay Osenkowski says this piece was missing the first time the state launched this initiative.