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DEM grants East Providence cash for sunken barge removal

DEM grants East Providence cash for sunken barge removal

PROVIDENCE — The Department of Environmental Management announced Tuesday, Sept. 30, an $87,000 grant was awarded to the City of East Providence for the removal of two derelict barges that have been sunken in the Providence River for many years. Funding for the grant is being provided through Derelict and Abandoned Vessel and Obstruction Removal

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DEM issues warning for East Providence’s Turner Reservoir

PROVIDENCE — The Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid recreational activities in Turner Reservoir and Central Pond in East Providence because a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom has been detected in the waters of the reservoir and pond. Following a report received by DEM yesterday,

Police speak with a man while investigating the incident Thursday on Seaconnet Boulevard. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth man who fell from canoe dies, paddler arrested

PORTSMOUTH — A 65-year-old local man has died after the canoe he was in capsized about 100 feet from shore off Island Park Thursday afternoon, Deputy Police Chief Brian Peters confirmed this morning. A second man in the canoe was arrested by R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Division of Law Enforcement, he said. Deputy Peters would


RIPTA buses free Wednesday due to air quality alert

STATEWIDE — Due to anticipated high levels of pollution and/or ozone, all regular Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) buses and trolleys, excluding special services, will be free on Wednesday, Aug. 27. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in portions of Rhode Island during the


Month after sewage spill, DEM re-opens Kickemuit

Exactly one month after a sewage spill shut the Kickemuit River to shellfishing, state health officials have re-opened the river and given its waters a clean bill of health. Based on acceptable results of shellfish samples collected Monday, the Department of Environmental Management re-opened the river to shellfishing at sunrise Thursday, July 24. The river

Letter: Something stinks in Portsmouth

To the editor: As a lifelong resident of the town of Portsmouth and homeowner in Island Park, I couldn’t be sadder at what has transpired over the sewer issue. Portsmouth, as many cities and towns in New England, has faced the difficult and complicated issue of its aging infrastructure, in this case cesspools. I grew


Rain, treatment snags close shellfish beds

Due to elevated bacteria levels measured in the Bristol Wastewater Treatment Facility and overflows from various pump stations throughout the collection system, the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced an emergency shellfish closure in the waters within Bristol Harbor and surrounding Hog Island yesterday, April 3. The overflows occurred as a result of the

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