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BUILDING A BETTER RHODE ISLAND

RhodeMap RI looks at the big picture of Rhode Island’s future to make it a better place to live and work. The project will use new state plans to build a better Rhode Island by strengthening our economy, creating vibrant neighborhoods, and planning for future growth. To achieve these goals, we will need to create jobs and train workers, provide safe homes people can afford, and grow in a way that reenergizes our cities and towns and protects the natural environment.                      Learn More

THIS YEAR AT THE LEGISLATURE

A bill requiring mattress manufacturers to create an effective recycling program passed with an effective date of July 2015.  It was not the preferred, comprehensive “Producer Responsibility” bill allowing DEM and RI RRC to decide what products should be developed for recycling, but nonetheless a welcome victory.

Small victory in defeating a repeal, sought only by the town of Johnston, for the quarterly billing and electronic meter reading for public water that Coalition for Water Security had won 3 years ago.  Since only Johnston wanted the repeal, the bill was amended to only that town and gave Johnston an extension rather than an exemption.

Generally, it was not a good year for environmental legislation.

The bill to fund the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) with license fees, as recommended by Senate commission, died in committee.

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A Warmer Rhode Island is a Moral Issue PDF  | Print |  E-mail

earthmatchstick.jpgOur grandchildren will see a different shoreline, a different forest, and a different array of birds than we see.  We are familiar with cardinals, titmice, red-bellied woodpeckers and opossums that were not here in our grandparents' era.

When I first moved to Rhode Island in the early 1970s, seniors commented that outdoor skating, formerly possible by Thanksgiving, was often not safe in January. We haven't seen winter irruptions of redpolls and evening grosbeaks since the 1980s. Last year, cherry trees in Providence bloomed in late December.  Yes, the climate in Rhode Island is changing.

Early blooming is becoming more common.  Among the plants studied in Boston's Arnold Arboretum, flowering times have moved forward over the decades, with the plants flowering eight days earlier on average from 1980 to 2002 than they did from 1900 to 1920. What has influenced this early flowering? Primarily temperature, says Richard Primack, a Boston University biology professor and head of the research team.  According to Bio-Medicine, Boston's mean annual temperature has increased since 1985 by 1.5 degrees Celsius or nearly 3 degrees Fahrenheit, and those temperatures are correlated with earlier blooming.

Read more... [A Warmer Rhode Island is a Moral Issue]
 
Chipuxet River in Danger PDF  | Print |  E-mail

The Chipuxet River in South Kingstown is in crisis. The river is "stressed" in its streamflow.  This means that its low flows are getting lower and becoming more frequent. Research from URI has shown that water supply and irrigation demands are sufficient to dry up the Chipuxet River at times.

Audubon is continuing to monitor this situation while advocating that all Rhode Islanders adopt sound water conservation practices.

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Sustainable transportation funding, that is revenue other than the gasoline tax, to assure smooth roads, safe bridges, adequate transit, and bike-pedestrian passage, continues to lead the work of the coalition leadership, which includes Audubon.  In addition,
The CTC (Coalition for Transportation Choices) bill to fund RIPTA with other than the volatile gasoline tax failed.

Blackstone River Coalition (BRC) annual meeting toured Worcester Sewage Plant who nitrogen output has been a source of concern for Blackstone WQ.

The 2013 final results for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island's 8th  annual North American Butterfly Association Count have been released (more...

Are you looking to save money and conserve water resources? Here are a few tips that are easy to incorporate in your daily routine.
Butterfly surveys, Lobby Day,International Coastal Clean-up, Urban Adventures [add], Audubon is out and about promoting a cleaner environment, come volunteer with us or stop by to say "hi!"

blackstone-river.jpg

BUILDING A BETTER RHODE ISLAND

RhodeMap RI looks at the big picture of Rhode Island’s future to make it a better place to live and work. The project will use new state plans to build a better Rhode Island by strengthening our economy, creating vibrant neighborhoods, and planning for future growth. To achieve these goals, we will need to create jobs and train workers, provide safe homes people can afford, and grow in a way that reenergizes our cities and towns and protects the natural environment.                      Learn More

THIS YEAR AT THE LEGISLATURE

A bill requiring mattress manufacturers to create an effective recycling program passed with an effective date of July 2015.  It was not the preferred, comprehensive “Producer Responsibility” bill allowing DEM and RI RRC to decide what products should be developed for recycling, but nonetheless a welcome victory.

Small victory in defeating a repeal, sought only by the town of Johnston, for the quarterly billing and electronic meter reading for public water that Coalition for Water Security had won 3 years ago.  Since only Johnston wanted the repeal, the bill was amended to only that town and gave Johnston an extension rather than an exemption.

Generally, it was not a good year for environmental legislation.

The bill to fund the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) with license fees, as recommended by Senate commission, died in committee.

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