The regional head of the environmental protection agency said Rhode Island is doing state-of-the-art planning for climate change threats. Curt Spalding spent Wednesday seeing firsthand the tools coastal managers have already put into place.
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s New England region is in Rhode Island Wednesday. Curt Spalding will survey parts of the state, to see which are at risk to storms and increased sea level rise.
For two days, the EPA’s Curt Spalding will tour areas in Westerly, South Kingstown, North Kingstown and Warwick. The idea behind the tour is twofold: to examine at-risk areas, and share ideas and existing tools for how to plan for rising seas and more violent storms.
Rhode Island has received more than $2.7 million to clean up contaminated properties in Pawtucket, Providence, and Westerly.
Senator Jack Reed says these federal grants awarded through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program will help local governments protect public health and redevelop former industrial sites for better use. Reed says it’ll also benefit the economy by creating jobs and increasing the value of surrounding properties.