Ambar Espinoza

Environmental Reporter

Ambar Espinoza’s roots in environmental journalism started in Rhode Island a few years ago as an environmental reporting fellow at the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting. She worked as a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio for a few years covering several beats, including the environment and changing demographics. Her journalism experience includes working as production and editorial assistant at National Public Radio, and as a researcher at APM’s Marketplace.

Espinoza joins Rhode Island Public Radio most recently from Seattle, WA, where she earned a master of education with a focus on science education from the University of Washington. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from American University in Washington, D.C. Espinoza was born in El Salvador and raised in Los Angeles, CA.

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Battle With The Sea
6:28 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Battle With The Sea: Across The State, Protecting Drinking Water Supplies (Part 2)

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The Rhode Island Department of Health did a comprehensive analysis to figure out which drinking water sources are most vulnerable to climate change to help water suppliers plan for the future. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza sat down with the June Swallow, chief of the Office of Drinking Water Quality at the state health department. She oversees the project called SafeWater Rhode Island

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Battle With The Sea
6:28 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Battle With The Sea: Protecting Newport's Drinking Water (Part 1)

A map by the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center, the Rhode Island Sea Grant, and the URI Environmental Data Center shows Easton Pond is vulnerable to sea level rise and storm surge.
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With more than 500 public drinking water suppliers in the state, the Rhode Island Department of Health is worried about how they will cope with climate-related changes like intense rains, rising seas, and warmer temperatures. For the next installment of our series, Battle With The Sea, environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza heads to Newport, home to one of the most vulnerable drinking water supplies in the state when it comes to climate change.

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Environment
5:30 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Lawmakers Revisit Cesspool Bills

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The push to phase out cesspools in Rhode Island continues. Many environmental advocates are testifying at a senate committee this late afternoon to support a bill that would require homeowners to remove their cesspools when they sell their homes.

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Environment
2:22 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

CRMC Report Reinforces Vulnerability Of Salt Marsh Loss To Rising Sea Levels

The SLAMM maps may serve as a tool for planning wetland restoration projects.
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Rhode Island is more likely to lose than gain salt marshes due to the rate of rising sea levels. Those are the findings of a recent analysis by the Coastal Resources Management Council.

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RI News
6:54 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Twin River Offers Timeline, But Few Details On Proposed Tiverton Gaming Facility

John Taylor, chairman of the Twin River management group's board, brought a set of maps that show the site the company secured in Tiverton to build a new gaming facility.
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The parent company of Twin River presented few details to the Tiverton town council regarding its plans to move Newport Grand’s gaming license to Tiverton.

“Tonight we’re here with a clean slate,” said John Taylor, chairman of the Twin River management group's board, said at a town council meeting last night. He brought a set of maps that showed the site the company secured in Tiverton, about 400 feet from the Massachusetts border.

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