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Environment
6:14 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Biologists Plan To Continue Tracking Beluga Whales In Narragansett Bay

Credit Robin Angliss / NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to continue to monitor daily the three beluga whales exploring Narragansett Bay. Biologists want to make sure they return safely back to their Arctic habitat.

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Environment
6:33 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Wastewater Agency Wrestles With Cost Of Water Quality Project

The board of the Narragansett Bay Commission considered several options to move forward with the final phase of its federally-mandated water quality project, all of them costly. The option they voted for will cost approximately $815 million.
Courtesy of Narragansett Bay Commission

The board of the Narragansett Bay Commission has voted to move forward with the final phase of a water quality project designed to overhaul its old sewer systems. The wastewater agency is struggling with how much it will cost to complete the project, aimed at further improving water quality in Narragansett Bay.

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Environment
4:03 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Wastewater Agency Moves Foward With Next Step Of Water Quality Project

The Narragansett Bay Commission’s third and final phase of a multi-year water quality project will cost about $815 million, if state and federal regulators approve the plan. This final phase could bring the project's total cost to about $1.5 billion.

The project, known as the combined sewer overflow (CSO) project, involves installing a large tunnel that would run through Pawtucket, Central Falls and the northern part of East Providence. The tunnel would stop untreated sewage and stormwater from overflowing into Narragansett Bay during heavy rainstorms.

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Environment
4:35 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

State Celebrates 100th Protected Farm

Ken Ayars, the DEM's chief of the division of agriculture, said the state's land protection efforts began in 1981 with the passage of of the Rhode Island Farmland Preservation Act.
Credit Rick Payette / Creative Commons License

A farm in Warren is the 100th farm in the state to be permanently protected for farming. This marks a milestone for the state’s farmland protection efforts.

  The state considers Lial Acres in Warren an important farm to protect because of its prime soil and its close proximity to other protected farms. The farm also abuts land protected for drinking water quality by the Bristol County Water Authority.

The Lial family currently operates it as a vegetable farm, though previous family generations ran it as a dairy farm. It has been an active farm for 125 years.

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Environment
6:00 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

The State And Providence Scrap Metal Recycler Reach An Agreement

The view of Providence, from the industrial working on Allens Avenue, where Rhode Island Recycled Metals is located.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The state of Rhode Island and a scrap metal recycler have reached an agreement through a court order to address pollution on the Providence waterfront. The state recently sued Rhode Island Recycled Metals for failing to comply with environmental rules. 

  David Chopy, chief of the Department of Environmental Management’s Office of Compliance and Inspection, said the state is concerned that the company doesn’t have enough money to do the required cleanup.

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