Environment

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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Allens Ave. Waste Facility Meeting

(1.21) Those opposed to the proposed waste facility on Allens Avenue will be attending the City Planning Commission meeting downtown Tuesday. Opposition is being organized by Sunrise Providence and Washington Park Association. (Facebook event.) There’s a new industrial plant proposed for Allens Ave. The nearest neighborhoods – primarily the Washington Park and South Side communities …

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Speaker Mattiello On Climate Change

In a Boston Globe forum with state leadership Wednesday, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello had this to say about climate change: In response to a question from Globe reporter Dan McGowan, Mattiello said, in part: “There is nothing Rhode Island can do to address climate change in a way that is real or impactful. That has …

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ECRI Coffee Hour — State Library

(1.15) Head over to the state house library Wednesday afternoon when the Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI) holds its annual coffee hour. (Facebook event.) Coffee Hour is an opportunity for Rhode Island’s environmental advocates and activists to meet legislators and set the agenda for a strong year at the State House. We’ll hear about …

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How Not To Throw Away The Tree

Do not put your Christmas trees inside plastic bags. (Actually, don’t put anything inside plastic bags.) The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) has the following instructions for the disposal of real Christmas trees and wreaths:  Strip them bare (remove everything from the tree, including the stand; remove everything from the wreath, including the metal …

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The Dredge Report

Hallelujah. Last year, Rhode Island voters approved an environmental bond issue, $7 million of which was earmarked for dredging the Woonasquatucket and Providence rivers downtown. The first phase, along the stretch between the Providence Place mall and the new pedestrian bridge, has begun. From the Providence Journal: The workers will remove about 16,000 cubic yards …

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Save The Bay Cleanup At India Point

(10.29) Be a part of the world’s largest volunteer coastal cleanup and check out the site of the upcoming Narragansett brewery while you’re at it. Save the Bay will be hosting International Cleanup Day this Tuesday at India Point. The International Coastal Cleanup is the world’s largest volunteer effort for our ocean. People all over …

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