water quality http://ripr.org en Rhode Island Artscape: Urban Ponds To Clean And To Celebrate http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-artscape-urban-ponds-clean-and-celebrate <p>For this month's Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio's environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza profiles the <a href="http://www.urbanpondprocession.org/">Urban Pond Procession</a>, a group of artists, scientists, educators, and residents who want to promote the health of urban ponds. The group's focal point is around raising awareness about the contamination that plagues Mashapaug Pond on the south side of Providence and ways to heal it.</p><p></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 10:54:07 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 34333 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Artscape: Urban Ponds To Clean And To Celebrate DEM Issues Expedited Citations To Property Owners In Violation Of State Cesspool Law http://ripr.org/post/dem-issues-expedited-citations-property-owners-violation-state-cesspool-law <p>If you have a cesspool within 200 feet of a drinking well, a public reservoir, or the coastline, expect to receive a $200 citation in the mail from the Department of Environmental Management. The deadline to replace cesspools with a septic system or to connect to a municipal sewer system has passed.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:46:54 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 32144 at http://ripr.org Debrief: What Does It Mean To Reduce Nitrogen In Narragansett Bay? http://ripr.org/post/debrief-what-does-it-mean-reduce-nitrogen-narragansett-bay <p>Rhode Island is remarkably close to meeting a goal of reducing nitrogen discharged in upper Narragansett Bay by 50 percent. Upgrades at wastewater treatment plants have played a major role in helping meet this goal. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environment reporter Ambar Espinoza joined Elisabeth Harrison in the studio to talk about what it means to reduce the amount of nitrogen we put into the bay.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:46:31 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison & Ambar Espinoza 28037 at http://ripr.org Debrief: What Does It Mean To Reduce Nitrogen In Narragansett Bay? Quahog Fisherman Pleased With Progress Of Narragansett Bay Cleanup http://ripr.org/post/quahog-fisherman-pleased-progress-narragansett-bay-cleanup <p>It’s been a decade since a big fish kill in Greenwich Bay grabbed headlines. &nbsp;It prompted the state to take more action for a healthier upper Narragansett Bay. Local wastewater treatment plants responded and it turns out, the state is on track to meet the goal of cutting back how much nitrogen we put into Narragansett Bay. That’s great news for one quahog fisherman who’s made a livelihood from the bay for decades.</p><p>There’s no better season to go quahogging than the winter season for Warwick resident Jody King, even though he makes half as much money as he does in the summer.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:44:31 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 28032 at http://ripr.org Quahog Fisherman Pleased With Progress Of Narragansett Bay Cleanup Headed for the Beach? Water Quality's Improving. http://ripr.org/post/headed-beach-water-qualitys-improving <p>A new report about Rhode Island’s beaches finds steady improvements in the water quality since 2008. Health officials closed beaches for fewer days last year than it did in 2011, and more improvements are in the works.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 17:14:26 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17940 at http://ripr.org Headed for the Beach? Water Quality's Improving.