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Rhode Island Nitrogen Cycle Differs In Bay And Sound
2014-04-29 17:17:11

Brown University A new study reports that anammox, a key process in the nitrogen cycle, is barely present in Narragansett Bay even though it’s a major factor just a little farther out into Rhode Island Sound. Scientists traced that to differences between bay and sound sediments, but that raises new questions about what’s going on in the Bay to account for those. Rhode Island’s geography is famously small, but new measurements of the nitrogen cycle in its waterways suggest that...

2011-09-21 20:53:10

Chemicals found at low levels at all sites tested URI researcher: 'Emerging contaminants of concern' detected throughout Narragansett Bay watershed A group of hazardous chemical compounds that are common in industrial processes and personal care products but which are not typically monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency have been detected throughout the Narragansett Bay watershed, according to a URI researcher. Rainer Lohmann, associate professor of chemical oceanography,...

2010-07-08 14:08:04

The rapid growth of the oyster aquaculture industry in Rhode Island has raised questions about how many oyster farms Narragansett Bay and the state's salt ponds can support. But a study by a University of Rhode Island graduate student has found that these ecosystems can withstand continued high rates of aquaculture growth without causing ecological harm. Carrie Byron, a doctoral student in the URI Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science, examined the ecological carrying...

2008-12-03 07:00:00

BRISTOL, R.I., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, Dec. 6, volunteers will transfer nearly 750,000 adolescent oysters to restoration sites in Bristol Harbor and neighboring areas, culminating the third annual cycle of a joint effort between local community members and marine science researchers at Roger Williams University to bolster Rhode Island's diminished oyster population. "RWU is committed to reinvigorating Rhode Island's oyster populations," said Timothy Scott,...

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2008-10-15 10:45:00

Coastal dead zones, an increasing concern to ecologists, the fishing industry and the public, may not be as devoid of life after all. A Brown scientist has found that dead zones do indeed support marine life, and that at least one commercially valuable clam actually benefits from oxygen-depleted waters. Andrew Altieri, a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University, studied dead zones in Narragansett Bay, one of the largest estuaries on...

2008-10-13 15:00:16

By Tom Mooney In May, as a handful of local archaeologists watched from the gunwales of four research ships, warfare scientists for the Navy and federal oceanographers lowered several high-tech robots into Narragansett Bay's waters between Portsmouth and Jamestown. Some of the robots resembled torpedoes. Others looked like mechanical crabs. The newest of their kind, the remote-controlled, sonar-imaging machines had been designed to find mines buried on the sea floor or attached to ship...

2008-10-10 15:00:15

Bristol, East Providence and Narragansett will open their plants to the public as part of Rhode Island Water Infrastructure Month. Curious about what happens to things you flush down your drains? For those who are, three communities are opening their sewage treatment plants to the public tomorrow. Tours will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Narragansett Bay Commission's Bucklin Point Facility at 102 Campbell Ave., in East Providence; the Bristol Water Pollution Control...

2008-10-05 15:00:11

For more than a decade, efforts have been under way to not only reduce pollution in Rhode Island, but to reverse its effects by restoring salt marshes, building fish ladders around dams and planting eelgrass along the bottom of Narragansett Bay. On Saturday, some 800 scientists, environmentalists and government officials are scheduled to arrive for a four-day conference at the Rhode Island Convention Center that will celebrate and study efforts to restore estuaries in Rhode Island and...

2008-09-20 15:00:25

Blue plastic ribbons are tied high on the trees and utility poles in downtown Providence, at Narragansett Pier, at Mackerel Cove in Jamestown and in Portsmouth's Island Park -- all marking the height of the storm surge from the Hurricane of 1938. Seventy years ago tomorrow, the great hurricane sped up the East Coast, wreaking havoc along the way before slamming hard into New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. About 700 people died, including 400 in Rhode Island, all caught unawares by the...

2008-09-15 15:00:34

The Military Health System is planning an update late this month to its behavioral-health Web site, AfterDeployment.org., which was launched in early August. The site provides service members, their families, and veterans with online behavioral mental health tools. The Web site is a self-care solution targeting post-deployment adjustment concerns for those who might not otherwise seek out services and who want to use the site's resources at their own pace. Since October 2001, more than...


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