Environment

Protecting RI shellfish

Jan 24, 2013

Shellfish restoration is the topic at a meeting Thursday at the University of Rhode Island. The state wants input on how best to protect shellfish in coastal ponds and Narragansett Bay.
The Director of the US Coastal Program at URI’s Coastal Resource Center, Jen McCann, says the state has so far heard about two main concerns…
“What is the regulatory process to move forward with restoration? And also, where are the appropriate sites to do restoration in the bay and also the salt ponds so within state waters.”

Shellfish Management Plan hears from the fishing industry

Jan 23, 2013

As work continues on the state’s new Shellfish Management Plan … commercial fishermen now get a chance to chime in on the plan.

The University of Rhode Island estimates that commercial shellfishing in the Ocean State pumps more than $3 million annually into the local economy. That’s why the state is keen on creating a new management plan that protects and promotes the industry. URI’s Fisheries and Aquaculture extension specialist, Azure Cygler, says creators of the plan want to know the most pressing issues impacting the industry.

Editor's Note: Robert has added a postscript to this post. Scroll down or click here to read it.


We wax, we wane. It's the dance of life.

Every living thing is a pulse. We quicken, then we fade. There is a deep beauty in this, but deeper down, inside every plant, every leaf, inside every living thing (us included) sits a secret.

John Brown House's beloved elm spared, for now

Jan 22, 2013
Rhode Island Historical Society

A beloved, ailing Dutch Elm on the John Brown House Museum grounds has received a last minute pardon from city forester Doug Still. Rhode Island Historical Society executive director Morgan Grefe says Still has ordered some additional tests that may confirm the tree is not suffering from Dutch Elm disease.

“Doug had been out several times to look at the elm and, while he recognizes that it is not well, he is hopeful that it is not Dutch Elm disease," says Grefe.

Interview with Circle A Cycles frame builder Brian Chapman

Jan 20, 2013

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Last week, a cyclist in Newport was taken to Rhode Island Hospital after being hit by a suspected drunken driver. RIPR felt the issue needed more perspective. So we invited area cyclist Brian Chapman into the studio to discuss cycling safety and culture in the state. Chapman is a prominent fixture in the local cycling community. He's also a frame builder at Circle A Cycles. It's a local bicycle frame building cooperative in Providence.


Cycling accident spurs action in Newport

Jan 16, 2013

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The Newport cycling community is responding to a recent car and bike accident that sent a cyclist to the hospital. The incident has intensified efforts to promote safe cycling.

Shellfish management plan to emphasize aquaculture

Jan 16, 2013

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The state is continuing to work on a new shellfish management plan. Aquaculture is one area of concern for state regulators and shellfish harvesters.

Narwhals: an interview with author Todd McLeish

Jan 13, 2013

Often called sea unicorns, the narwhal is a one of a kind animal. It lives amid the arctic sea ice and has a spiral tusk that extends out its mouth. Pascoag-based science writer, Todd McLeish, joins Weekend Edition to discuss his new book, Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World.

East Providence firm fined by EPA

Jan 10, 2013

(PROVIDENCE, RI) A cold storage and ice manufacturing company with a facility in East Providence has been fined by the US Environmental Protection Agency.     Federal officials charge that Cape Cod Ice did not have a risk management plan in place at both its East Providence and Sandwich, Massachusetts plants.

The EPA says ammonia is a significant health hazard because it is corrosive to skin, eyes and lungs.  

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island’s congressional delegation says a little more than a million dollars in federal funding is on its way to buy property in Westerly. The plan is to turn land along Canal Street into open green space.

The $1.1 million in federal funding will go toward the purchase of five residences and three pieces of non-residential property on Canal Street in Westerly’s north end. The area floods often and was severely damaged during the big flood of 2010. The plan is to demolish the homes and turn the land into wetlands.  

Aquidneck Island bike route pedals forward

Jan 8, 2013

(PROVIDENCE, RI) A bike route stretching the length of Aquidneck Island is closer to becoming a reality. A grant to create a design for an 18-mile route is currently being vetted by the Department of Environmental Management.

State seeks input for new shellfish management plan

Jan 7, 2013

The state is meeting with local shellfish harvesters this evening at the University of Rhode Island.  The state is working to craft a new shellfish management plan to protect the vital resource.

Comment period extended for Block Island Wind Farm

Jan 2, 2013

The Army Corps of Engineers has extended the comment period for the wind farm off Block Island to early February.  It’s the second time the corps has extended the deadline.

Waves crash over Narragansett sea wall.
Kristin Gourlay

(PROVIDENCE, RI)

It was a busy year in the Ocean State, and Rhode Island Public Radio’s counting down the top
ten news stories of 2012. At number three is the damage brought by Superstorm Sandy.  

Professor: some harvesting of coral is good

Dec 27, 2012

The trade of live coral for home aquariums is continuing to drop internationally. While the practice is in decline, a Roger Williams University professor says promoting its growth has the ability to actually help coral reefs.

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