Environment

Big Plans For York Pond / Seekonk River

Over the years, the natural East Side watershed that feeds the Seekonk River has been badly compromised. The streams and little ponds that once filtered rain runoff have been paved over and diverted into culverts and storm sewers. During periods of heavy rain, unfiltered storm-water sluices down the hillside into York Pond (seen here) and

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Ponds Closed Due To Blue-Green Algae Bloom

Mashapaug Pond in Providence brings to six the number of state ponds now closed by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) due to blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria. From the ProJo: The state says the algae could be forming on other lakes and ponds. Here’s what people should look for: “The water may look

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‘Pesticide Free PVD’ Campaign Launched

This is the most horrifying aisle in the garden center. Homeowners should make every effort to find safe substitutes (elbow grease is not toxic to the environment). Now comes Mayor Elorza with a Pesticide Free PVD Campaign, to eliminate harmful pesticides and chemicals. Pesticide Free PVD encourages community members, property owners, and businesses to commit

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How Not To Throw Away The Xmas Tree

Do not put your Christmas trees inside plastic bags. (Actually, don’t put anything inside plastic bags.) How is it that in 2021, people still don’t understand how composting works? From City Hall: The City of Providence today announced that free, curbside pick-up of Christmas trees will take place from Monday, January 4 through Friday, January 29 on regularly

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Stormwater Filtration On Pleasant Valley Parkway

The Narragansett Bay watershed covers so much territory that only 40% of it even lies in Rhode Island. The entire city of Providence is within this watershed, and the contaminants in our stormwater runoff — motor oil, lawn chemicals, animal waste, heavy metals, salt — can end up in Narragansett Bay. Happily, environmental groups, city

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