Rhode Island Stormwater

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Clean Water

We are protecting clean water in New England – for today and for future generations Here in New England, water is a way of life. Our rivers, streams, lakes, and ocean boost our economy, inspire our play, and enrich our heritage. Our Solutions For 50 years, CLF has fought to keep New England’s waters clean and…

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New Study Links Toxin in Blue-Green Algae to Neurological Disease
by Chris Kilian

The serious health consequences of cyanobacteria – more commonly known as blue-green algae – have been recognized by health professionals for years. A study released Wednesday by the Royal Society of London is now linking exposure to blue-green algae outbreaks with deadly neurological diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. This breakthrough animal…

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See for Yourself How Polluted Stormwater Reaches Mashapaug Pond
by Max Greene

It’s raining in Providence right now. And that means water is running across the city’s rooftops, roads, and parking lots, picking up pollutants like oil and animal waste, and depositing them into water bodies like Mashapaug Pond. The term for this polluted rainwater is stormwater runoff, and it’s one of the reasons Mashapaug Pond has…

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Blue-Green Algae Causes Burlington Beach Closure
by Rebekah Weber

Monday’s closure of two popular beaches in Burlington is a stark reminder of why Vermont’s focus on water quality is so timely and important. Sightings of blue-green algae along the Burlington shoreline prompted low alert warnings last Friday and led to beach closures in the area earlier this week.

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Beach Closures, Bacteria, and Stormwater Pollution
by Arianna Baker

If you asked Rhode Islanders to respond to the word “summer,” most would say “beach.” That one question is an excellent way to discover who you want to be friends with, and who you’ll wave at from a distance before tutting about how boring (and pale) they are. In “The Ocean State,” the beach is…

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It’s Possible
by Peter Shelley

A walk along Boston Harbor today reveals a waterfront that’s both beautiful and vibrant. Water taxis and sailboats skim its waters; tourists and locals stroll along its shores; fishermen catch striped bass right off the docks; and waterside restaurants brighten the evening. It’s hard to believe that, barely a generation ago, this same harbor was…

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CLF Bringing Suit to Address Stormwater in Rhode Island
by Max Greene

A few weeks ago, CLF initiated a lawsuit that seeks to require EPA to do its job under the Clean Water Act and clean up stormwater pollution in Rhode Island. This lawsuit has the potential to be a very big deal. What is stormwater pollution? When heavy rain falls and snow melts, water runs across paved surfaces, picks up…

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Please Note: Beach Status May Change on a Daily Basis
by Tricia Jedele

Almost as soon as the State of Rhode Island was opening its beaches for swimming this summer, it was closing them again due to high bacteria counts in the water. On July 17, after several days of heavy rain, high bacteria counts prompted the State Department of Health to close Middletown’s Atlantic Beach Club Beach…

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Stormwater Fees Are OK in RI
by Max Greene

Stormwater pollution is bad. Avoiding stormwater pollution – in particular, by implementing green infrastructure projects – is good. In fact, stormwater mitigation provides broad economic and environmental benefits. Policymakers often recognize these truths, but before they can act they must answer a key question: How do we pay for mitigation efforts so we can all…

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#ACleanLakeStartsHere
by Anthony Iarrapino

Riding the single chair ski lift to 3637′ summit of General Stark’s Mountain at Mad River Glen is among my life’s great pleasures. The lift pulls you ever upward through the forest at treetop height. You sit comfortably in solitude soaking it all in. The experience imparts a sense of serenity that competes with the giddy anticipation of the long, fast descent that…