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2008-09-30 15:00:31

By Randal Edgar Narragansett, Hopkinton and Richmond benefit from $100,000 DEM grants. Plans to build public parks in three South County towns are moving forward on a surer financial footing this fall, thanks to three $100,000 grants that were recently announced by the state Department of Environmental Management. The money is earmarked for projects in Narragansett, Hopkinton and Richmond, adding to money raised through local contributions. The Narragansett grant is helping to pay...

2008-08-07 15:00:30

- The Department of Environmental Management will try again this morning to retrieve the carcass of a 15-foot minke whale that was at Matunuck Point yesterday. B1 (c) 2008 Providence Journal. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2008-08-05 15:00:25

By Donita Naylor EXETER -- Just as a meadow might evolve into woods or a pond into a bog, the use of Beach Pond, on the western end of town is undergoing a natural progression, officials from the state Department of Environmental Management indicate. When the state closed Beach Pond to swimming this summer, the Town Council asked DEM Director W. Michael Sullivan to outline plans for monitoring the area and enforcing new rules that it be open only for fishing, hiking and the launching of...

2008-07-10 15:00:49

By Tatiana Pina WOONSOCKET -- A proposed agreement between the city, the Department of Environmental Management and a Connecticut company that would reopen the Thundermist Hydroelectric Plant, which has been closed since 2002, will be considered by the City Council on Monday. Putnam Hydropower Inc. of Woodstock, Conn., wants to lease the hydroelectric facility for 20 years and is offering $3 million to do so. That amount would help the city pay off a debt of $2 million it incurred when...

2008-06-17 15:00:24

By Gina Macris PROVIDENCE -- With the General Assembly headed toward the frenzy of its final days, an environmental bill thought to have broad bipartisan support appears inexplicably stalled in committee in the House. The legislation, which would raise the maximum daily fine for recalcitrant polluters from $1,000 to $25,000, cleared the Senate without opposition in early April. But since then, the bill, sponsored by Sen. Walter S. Felag Jr., D-Tiverton, Warren and Bristol, has...

2007-10-10 18:00:21

By Paul Davis; Journal Staff Writer Before he was old enough to drive, Andrew Cavanagh fished. As a boy, he held a flashlight on a dock at Sakonnet Point while his father, a lobsterman, tinkered with an oily engine. When he turned 15, he borrowed $8,500 from his mother and sister to buy a motor and gear for his 22-foot skiff. He knew fishing wouldn't be easy. For 30 years his father, Robert, had shouldered raw gales and rough seas to catch lobsters along the jagged floor of the...

2007-08-24 18:17:17

By Katherine Imbrie; Journal Staff Writer When you think of beaches in the Ocean State - well, of course, you think of the great ones: Scarborough, Misquamicut, Sachuest and Narragansett. But with summer winding to a close, it might be time to try another kind of beach - one on a lake or pond. There are 10 freshwater public beaches in Rhode Island that you might want to visit if you're among those who prefer to swim in water that doesn't have seaweed, surf or any potential for shark attack....