Rhode Island Stormwater

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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…

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Green Infrastructure Projects Create Jobs for People Who Need Them
by Max Greene

Right now leaders throughout Rhode Island are taking a hard look at stormwater pollution – in fact, over the weekend, I was on a panel discussing solutions to the this critical threat to the health of our waterways. One especially exciting solution is green infrastructure. What is green infrastructure? Green infrastructure uses natural processes to…

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New CLF Report Is A Step Toward Solving Stormwater Pollution in RI
by Max Greene

Rhode Island features plenty of natural splendor – among other things, we have more than 50% forest cover, sandy Atlantic beaches in south county, and of course Narragansett Bay. But we also have a lot of concrete. Rhode Island is the country’s second-most densely populated state, with 1,016 inhabitants per square mile. A byproduct of…

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Waves of Change: Making a Plan for Coastal Pollution
by Hannah Dean

It’s July, it’s hot, and – as long as there are no big sharks around – you’d like to go swimming. There’s only one problem: you get to the beach and find out you might get sick if you go in the water. In New England, it’s more likely than not that the unhealthy water…

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Best (and Worst) of the Beaches
by Cynthia Liebman

It’s July 4. As you head out to your favorite swimming spot, consider this: While New England is home to many clean, scenic beaches, the sad truth is that hundreds of beach closures occurred in 2010 across the New England states.