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Joanna Detz

It Came from the Pond: Invasive plants, drugs and poop — protecting the water is no easy task

Invasion of the Sacred Lotus When a Cranston resident planted a sacred lotus in the pond at Meshanticut State Park in memory of a family member in 2014, she didn’t realize the plant was an aggressive invasive species. The lotus, which features enormous floating leaves that shade out native plants, quickly took over a large […]

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Might as Well Jump: Frogs awaken, New England braces for electric cars and know-a-guy politics reigns

Wood Frogs Thaw Out Then Get Busy In southern New England, wood frogs are among the first species to emerge from winter hibernation, typically in mid to late March.  Wood frogs produce a natural antifreeze that allows them to freeze almost completely solid in winter. Unique among frogs in the Northeast, the wood frog’s antifreeze […]

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Three Longtime Polluters Flout the Law: Environmental happenings from ecoRI News

A lack of urgency and a deference to business interests by Rhode Island officials have allowed these three high-profile pollution problems to fester for more than a decade. Truk-Away Landfill. The Warwick landfill closed in 1978 and operated before strict regulations were in place. No one knows for sure what is buried beneath its 36 […]

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New Year, New Providence: A roundup from ecoRI News

Providence’s 2021 Climate Resolutions The Office of Sustainability and the Environmental Sustainability Task Force are launching major environmental initiatives for the new year. Compost. The city is making another push for residential compost collection. A pilot program launched in 2013 had mixed results. The neighborhood drop-off service was funded by the city’s share of sales […]

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The One Thing We All Share: ecoRI News October roundup

Shell Game A local landmark climate lawsuit against a fossil-fuel behemoth has been given approval to proceed. U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith recently denied a request for dismissal by Shell Oil Products U.S. in a case brought by the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF). The Boston-based environmental advocacy group alleges Shell failed to safeguard […]

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Love Your Mother: September’s environmental news from ecoRI

Toxic Dirt Pile-up at 6-10 Connector Site in Olneyville The primary developer of the 6-10 Connector highway project, Barletta, must remove a pile of fill and all other soil tainted with hazardous waste within the extensive construction site. The recent directive came after heavy-equipment operators complained of excessive dust at worksites for the $410 million […]

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Farming While Black: Striving for equality in farming and other environmental news

Farming While Black (in Rhode Island)In 2017, there were just nine black farmers in Rhode Island. Frustrated with that statistic, Quatia “Q” Osorio became a farmer herself, and single-handedly brought the number into the double digits. Since 2018, she has been farming two pieces of property she owns in Providence. The story of farming in […]

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