On Politics
4:41 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Vincent Mesolella reelected chairman of Narragansett Bay Authority

Vincent J. Mesolella has been reelected chairman of the board of commissioners of the Narragansett Bay Commission, the agency that runs sewage treatment facilities in metropolitan Providence communities.

Mesolella, who has been chairman of 19-member commission since the 1990s, was reelected unanimously at a commission meeting yesterday, said Jamie Samons, the commission’s public affairs officer.

A former state representative and top ally of former House Speaker John Harwood, Mesolella has been in charge of the commission during a crucial period in the history of the agency, which battles pollution in Narragansett Bay and its watershed.

The commission is in the final stages of a 13-year project to reduce discharges of sewage-tainted stormwater into the bay has significantly reduced water pollution but has proven to be more expensive than anticipated.

The pollution control and bay clean-up effort is financed by sewer fees paid by homeowners and businesses that use the system.

The commission is nearly the completion of a three-phase program to combat the flow of storm water into the bay. Water quality has improved significantly, allowing state environmental officials to ease restrictions on quahogging  in the bay and adding about 40 fishing days a year.

Angelo S. Rotella of Providence was elected vice-chairman of the commission and Robert Andrade of Pawtucket was elected treasurer.

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