Rhode Island Stormwater

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CLF Suit to Protect Rhode Island Waters Gets its Day in Court

“One of the great sources of pride for Rhode Island – the Ocean State – ought to be our ponds, rivers and beautiful coastline, but decades of toxic runoff has imperiled our waters, closed our beaches and endangered important wildlife habitats,” said CLF attorney Max Greene. “There’s no question that nasty pollutants like nitrogen and phosphorus, the precursors to toxic algae blooms, are constantly flowing from industrial campuses and commercial shopping centers into nearby waterways, yet EPA has sat on its hands rather than take the legally-required steps to address this rampant contamination. Today, EPA was forced to answer for that neglect in federal court, and we’re optimistic that Rhode Island waters will soon be on the path to recovery.”

Conservation Matters Articles
Stormwater Challenge
by Laurie O'Reilly

When Ana Quezada and her husband first bought their South Providence home 10 years ago, they were thrilled about the large pond bordering their backyard. It was only after they moved in that they learned that Mashapaug Pond is so contaminated from industrial and stormwater pollution that it’s been closed to fishing and swimming for decades.

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Rhode Island

A Healthy and Thriving Rhode Island for All Rhode Island is a destination for people from around the world, who travel here to explore our history, sail our waters, and enjoy our beaches. But for us, it’s home – a place CLF has pledged to protect with all the passion and skill we have. Our…

Focus Areas
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…