Westerly residents may be awakened to the sounds of helicopters overhead Thursday morning. Continuing a practice begun in 1997, the town of Westerly is conducting aerial spraying against mosquitos.
The targeted areas are portions of Chapman Swamp and the swamp area adjacent to Hespar Drive.
The town uses Bti, a naturally occurring bacterium which prevents larval mosquitoes from developing into adults. The state Department of Environmental Management says it safe to humans and the environment.
Spraying begins Thursday at 7:00am and continues through 2:00pm.
The Narragansett Town Council Voted 5-0 to suspend talks with the offshore wind turbine developer, Deepwater Wind, until June. The council felt its residents needed more time to vet a plan to run a transmission line through a popular beach.
The Narragansett Town Council is holding a public meeting tonight that could be critical to the plans for an offshore wind project off the coast of Block Island.
The Block Island Wind farm would place five wind turbines off the southeast coast of Block Island. The company in charge of it is Deepwater Wind. It plans to connect the wind turbines and the Island to the power grid on the mainland with a 21 mile underwater cable. Deepwater Wind wants that cable to come ashore in Narragansett.
Eleven students at the Rhode Island School of Design are occupying the office of President John Maeda. The students are asking him to support a divestment of all RISD’s investments in fossil fuels.
While the students camped out inside the president’s office …
… Almost one hundred other RISD students took a break from their year-end projects to protest the design school’s investments in fossil fuels. The protesters gathered at RISD Beach and marched down College Hill to protest in front of RISD’s administration building.
Scientists at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center said they hope to get some answers from a necropsy being done on a huge basking shark that washed ashore at Misquamicut Beach over the weekend.
Nancy Kohler, a scientist at the center, said the 28.5-foot long shark was a mature male, in good condition, and it’s unclear why it washed up dead. Her research team is doing a necropsy on the shark, on the beach, and she said that’s drawing a lot of attention.
Copar Quarry in Westerly has been the focus of controversy and complaints for more than a year. Some residents say the quarry is a threat to their health. The Westerly Sun reports the quarry has been the focus of two cease and desist orders, two appeals, and even two lawsuits. To make sense of it all RIPR sat down with the Westerly Sun's Dale Faulkner. He's been covering the story every step of the way.