wastewater treatment plants http://ripr.org en Local Environmental Leaders Call For Better Water Management http://ripr.org/post/local-environmental-leaders-call-better-water-management <p>Environmental agency directors and city managers focused on the urgent need to invest in wastewater infrastructure, stormwater management, and flood prevention at a meeting last night.</p><p>The nonprofit Save The Bay hosted its annual legislative briefing.&nbsp; Executive director Jonathan Stone said many groups are working together to ensure the general assembly approves Gov. Lincoln Chafee's 75-million-dollar clean water bond.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:52:52 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 28960 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? Flushable Wipes Problematic For Rhode Island Wastewater Treatment Plants http://ripr.org/post/flushable-wipes-problematic-rhode-island-wastewater-treatment-plants <p>Those wet wipes marketed as “flushable” are causing major costly problems for sewer systems across Rhode Island.</p><p>Managers at wastewater treatment facilities say just because the wipes are flushable doesn’t mean that they break down as easily and quickly as regular toilet paper. Instead they clog pump stations and sewer pipes, forcing treatment plants to spend time and money unclogging their systems.</p><p>Warwick Sewer Authority Superintendent Janine Burke says removing those wet wipe clogs takes man power, up to three employees at her facility.</p> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 27788 at http://ripr.org Flushable Wipes Problematic For Rhode Island Wastewater Treatment Plants