Environment

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A bill attempting to phase out cesspools takes a major step forward this week. The Rhode Island Senate approved the bill.

The bill would require homeowners selling their properties to replace their cesspools with any system that handles and treats human waste, like a septic system. That’s a hole in the ground that receives untreated human waste from a building. It can contaminate groundwater and local waterways.  

Meg Kerr, Rhode Island director of Clean Water Action, said the bill has come before the General Assembly for a number of years now.

Courtesy of Peter Green / Audubon Society of Rhode Island

On Thursday morning three peregrine falcon chicks were banded atop the Bank of America building in downtown Providence.

Jeff Hall, senior director of advancement at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island (ASRI), was there to assist. He said falcons have been nesting at the Superman Building for 15 years now, making this a yearly spring ritual.

Rhode Island has received $1 million dollars from the Environmental Protection Agency to help clean up local brownfields; areas contaminated by toxic substances.  The money will go toward cleaning up areas in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Providence.  

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The nonprofit Ocean Conservancy mobilizes an international beach cleanup each year. The results from the most recent cleanup are in. 

In Rhode Island, volunteers collected more than 16,000 pounds of trash along 59 miles of the state’s shoreline last September. Save the Bay’s July Lewis says the number one item is always cigarette butts.

Kyle Bedell via Wikimedia Commons

The Roger Williams Park Zoo this week revealed its 20-year master plan to renovate the zoo in three phases.

  Last year voters approved a bond that set aside $15 million to cover the cost of the zoo renovation’s first phase. Each phase, which will add new exhibitions, will cost $25 million. The first phase will include a new rain forest building and a new education center. The old education center will be repurposed to a reptile house, the first one in New England, said Roger Williams Park Zoo Executive Director Jeremy Goodman.

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