Narragansett Bay

Environment
1:05 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Cleanliness Of Narragansett Bay Improving Steadily

Watershed Counts' 2014 reports say the health of Narragansett Bay may be improving.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

"Watershed Counts," a collection of information that focuses on the water quality of the state's beaches, reports that the health of Narragansett Bay is improving. However, the report also monitors the effects of global warming and pollution on the bay and has found that beaches are still being closed due to higher than average bacterial levels in the water. 

Nicole Rohr of the University of Rhode Island's Coastal Health Institute worked on the report. She says climate change is causing more unpredictable storms, which has led to more polluted runoff into the bay. 

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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.

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Environment
5:48 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Narragansett Bay Commission Looks For Cheaper, Greener Ways To Finish Sewer Overflow Project

The Narragansett Bay Commission has started to re-evaluate the third and final phase of the combined sewer overflow project. The project aims to reduce the amount of untreated sewage and polluted runoff overflows entering Narragansett Bay and its tributaries. Federal officials ordered the overhaul to meet the federal Clean Water Act.

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Arts & Culture
12:56 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

RI Archaeologists May Partner With Australians To Locate Capt. Cook's Endeavor

An Australian museum official will meet with Rhode Island archaeologists to discuss a way to partner in the search for the wreck of Capt. James Cook's ship Endeavor.

 

British explorer Capt. James Cook traveled on the ship Endeavor to the east coast of Australia in 1770, thus Australians consider Cook their founder and the Endeavor their founding ship.

 

The Endeavor changed hands and was renamed the Lord Sandwich, which sailed to Rhode Island only to be sunk in 1778 during a British blockade of Narragansett Bay.

 

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Environment
8:52 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Local Environmental Leaders Call For Better Water Management

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.

The nonprofit Save The Bay hosted its annual legislative briefing.  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.

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Local Feature
9:46 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Debrief: What Does It Mean To Reduce Nitrogen In Narragansett Bay?

A local quahog fisherman is happy with the improving the health of Narragansett Bay. He harvested these quahogs on a recent chilly and windy morning.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

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.

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Local Feature
6:44 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Quahog Fisherman Pleased With Progress Of Narragansett Bay Cleanup

Weather permitting, Jody King goes quahog fishing every morning.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

It’s been a decade since a big fish kill in Greenwich Bay grabbed headlines.  It prompted the state to take more action for a healthier upper Narragansett Bay. Local wastewater treatment plants responded and it turns out, the state is on track to meet the goal of cutting back how much nitrogen we put into Narragansett Bay. That’s great news for one quahog fisherman who’s made a livelihood from the bay for decades.

There’s no better season to go quahogging than the winter season for Warwick resident Jody King, even though he makes half as much money as he does in the summer.

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Politics
1:29 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Sen. Whitehouse Gives 50th Floor Speech On Climate Change

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on the Senate floor Wednesday making his 50th speech on climate change.
Credit Office of U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has given his 50th floor speech on climate change.  Whitehouse has been expounding on climate change on the Senate floor once a week for over a year.  In his 50th speech Wednesday he cautioned climate change deniers about public opinion.

“Those in Congress who would deny science to protect the polluting interests increasingly look ridiculous even to their own side,” said Whitehouse. “It’s not just time to wake up. People are waking up. And inevitably the truth will be fully known.”

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RI News
8:25 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Work Begins On Wastewater Treatment Facility In Johnston

Governor Lincoln Chafee and other dignitaries break ground on a new center that should help clean up the Narragansett Bay.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The wastewater coming out of the Central Landfill in Johnston should be a lot cleaner in years to come as a result of action taken Wednesday.  It's an ambitious plan to clean up the water that flows into Narragansett Bay.

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Engineer's Corner
12:39 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

ARRRR - Pirate Broadcast on 102.9FM

Close up of a whip Antenna, believed to be the source of the 102.9 pirate.

UPDATE 01/21: Multiple letters sent with no response, and the pirate's still broadcasting.  A letter has been mailed to the FCC's Enforcement Bureau.   If you are an RIPR listener to 102.7 and you have experienced interference due to this pirate, you can submit your own letter to the FCC as well.

UPDATE 12/19: The pirate has been found!  Well, we're pretty sure we have found the pirate.  Using a directional antenna and a signal meter, we triangulated the position to a house a few blocks from the Locust Grove Cemetery in South Providence.  

A letter of notification of interference to RIPR was mailed to this address several weeks ago, but apparently this pirate doesn't care as there's still an illegal broadcast on 102.9 from this location.

UPDATE 11/5: Thanks to a fellow engineer who informed me there is a pirate broadcasting on 102.9FM and that is likely the source of the interference people have reported (see below).  Quite possibly the atmospheric changes made it worse, but the bulk of the problem is likely the pirate.

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