Salt marsh at Goosewing Beach Preserve in Little Compton, R.I., helps maintain the health of this valued ecosystem. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

Salt marsh at Goosewing Beach Preserve in Little Compton, R.I., helps maintain the health of this valued ecosystem. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

With 400-plus miles of coastline, Rhode Island features a marvelous collection of beautiful bluffs, popular beaches, favorite fishing holes and scenic waterfronts. The state’s coastal landscape also includes often-overlooked salt marshes, without which Rhode Island’s nickname would be much less tourism friendly.

Study Focuses on Fish That Can Survive Contamination in New Bedford Harbor

Killifish are known to have extremely high levels of genetic variation, making them unusually well positioned to quickly adapt and survive in radically altered habitats. (Tom Kleindinst/WHOI)

Killifish are known to have extremely high levels of genetic variation, making them unusually well positioned to quickly adapt and survive in radically altered habitats. (Tom Kleindinst/WHOI)

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution biologists Mark Hahn and Sibel Karchner have been studying PCB-resistant killifish in New Bedford Harbor since 1995, as part of an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund Research Program.


Environment Council of R.I. Sets 2017 Legislative Goals

PROVIDENCE — At its annual Legislative Coffee Hour on Jan. 18, the Environment Council of Rhode Island, an organization representing dozens of local environmental groups and environmental advocates, laid out its top legislative priorities in four categories: energy, transportation, waste, and land and water.


Ocean State Power’s Oil Use Boosts R.I.'s Chemical Emissions

Rhode Island was the only state in southern New England to see its emissions increase in 2015. Pollution went up primarily because the Ocean State Power facility in Burrilliville used oil fuel that year, according to state and federal records.

Lyme disease sickens an estimated 300,000 Americans annually, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (CDC)

Lyme disease sickens an estimated 300,000 Americans annually, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (CDC)

Rupert Friday, director of the Rhode Island Land Trust Council, recently testified before the House Judiciary Committee. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Rupert Friday, director of the Rhode Island Land Trust Council, recently testified before the House Judiciary Committee. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

National Grid has ended its plan to charge its electricity customer for natural-gas pipeline projects. (ecoRI News)

National Grid has ended its plan to charge its electricity customer for natural-gas pipeline projects. (ecoRI News)


Johnston Mayor Explains Vote for Invenergy Water Deal

JOHNSTON, R.I. — Mayor Joseph Polisena’s response to concerns about possible environmental impacts was to ask why the “so-called environmentalists” weren’t offering support in 2011 when the community was suffering from offensive odors emanating from the Central Landfill.


Local Efforts Sought to Oppose Trump's Cabinet

PROVIDENCE — As confirmation hearings get underway for Presidents-elect Trump's cabinet picks, environmental activists are offering ways to fight the takeover of agencies by the industries they are supposed to be regulating.