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The second nor'easter of March is wrapping up, but as it arrived Wednesday evening it brought gifts of snow and more power outages. According to the National Weather Service, Burrillville, in the northwest corner of the state, won the snow jackpot by getting over a foot of snow. However, areas along the coast of Rhode Island received just a mix of rain and snow.

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Earlier this spring, we brought you a report from our series Battle With The Sea about the impact of climate change on Aquidneck Island's drinking water with warmer temperatures, heavier rains, and more intense storms. But there’s more to the story. We pick up where we left off.

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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.