water quality

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
8:12 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Board Of Narragansett Bay Commission To Review Options For Sewer Overflow Project

The board of the Narragansett Bay Commission will vote tomorrow on how to approach the third and final phase of the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project. That project aims to reduce the amount of untreated sewage and polluted runoff entering Narragansett Bay and its tributaries. The board will discuss three options at a meeting tonight.

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Environment
10:10 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Water Quality Projects Get Boost On Earth Day

Today is Earth Day and state leaders are awarding $3.3 million dollars in grants to improve water quality in Rhode Island.

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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 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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