Glass to Trash: A Solution in the Works

Mar 5, 2013

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.

CCRI Becoming More Energy Efficient

Feb 27, 2013
Bradley Campbell

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

DEM Looking into Narragansett Bay Pollution

Feb 27, 2013

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.”

Shellfishing Area Closed

Feb 26, 2013

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.

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.

Bike paths are now ski trails

Feb 19, 2013

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.

Warning for homes with well water

Feb 19, 2013

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.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse got a crowd of thousands chanting and cheering Sunday at a rally on the National Mall in Washington focused on climate change.

Whitehouse says there are only two ways to move climate change legislation: show Congress how out of step it is with the American public, and encourage the president to get serious on the issue.

When Whitehouse told the crowd that special interest owned Washington and it was up to the people to take it back, the crowd went wild. That’s something Whitehouse says is easier done than revving up his fellow members of Congress.

The young injured bald eagle found Monday at Johnston’s Central Landfill is “standing bright and alert” today, according to Veterinarian Chi Chan at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Association of Rhode Island. The eagle was in poor condition yesterday. X-rays revealed that the snow-storm battered eagle had 3 buckshot pellets lodged in her leg, tail, and chest, and the clinic is still waiting for the results of lead-poisoning blood work. This is the first bald eagle brought to the clinic in 20 years.

Newport Tree Society giving away free trees

Feb 13, 2013

The Newport Tree Society has announced a program that will provide homeowners in Newport with trees. 

Unlike previous programs, the “Specimen Tree Restoration Program” will provide trees free of cost.

Homeowners who receive trees will be asked to sign a contract promising to take care of the tree.

The Society hopes the program will serve as a model of urban forest management for other cities.

Plastic bags could be banned in the entire state

Feb 13, 2013

The state of Rhode Island may follow in the footsteps of Barrington and enact a ban on plastic grocery bags.

Head of CRMC to attend State of the Union

Feb 12, 2013

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be watching the State of the Union address tonight with a local advocate working to educate the state about the perils of climate change.

The regional cap on carbon dioxide emissions could be lowered by nearly half next year.  New England’s regional greenhouse gas emissions are already lower than expected.

Newport lands Volvo Ocean Race 2015

Feb 5, 2013

Newport will host the Volvo Ocean Race in 2015. The City by the Sea will be the only US stopover for the around the world race.

New fishing regulations restrict cod, open up flounder

Feb 4, 2013

Regional fisherman say new catch limits on cod voted in place by the New England Fishery Management Council last week will decimate their industry. But an official at the Division of Fish and Wildlife says the impact to local fisherman will be limited.