This 18th-century house on Benefit Street in Providence features single-pane windows covered by storm windows. According to the city's planning department, these windows account for part of the historic character of the home and neighborhood. (Kevin Proft/ecoRI News)

This 18th-century house on Benefit Street in Providence features single-pane windows covered by storm windows. According to the city's planning department, these windows account for part of the historic character of the home and neighborhood. (Kevin Proft/ecoRI News)

PROVIDENCE — A Sheldon Street resident replaced an attic window with a double-pane model she bought at Home Depot. Shortly thereafter, she received a letter from the Providence Historic District Commission informing her that a lien had been placed on her home, and that it would only be lifted when she replaced the new window with a replica of the original single-pane window.

Timber! Region’s Forests Being Hunted

Conservationists and naturalists are concerned that plans to create shrubland habitat and expand fossil-fuel infrastructure could damage the biodiversity provided by southern New England’s forestlands, such as this tract of woods in northwest Rhode Island. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

Conservationists and naturalists are concerned that plans to create shrubland habitat and expand fossil-fuel infrastructure could damage the biodiversity provided by southern New England’s forestlands, such as this tract of woods in northwest Rhode Island. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

The 2008 forest survey of Rhode Island reported a total of 348,400 acres of forest in the state — a reduction of more than 11 percent from the 393,000 acres reported in 1998, according to the 2015 R.I. Wildlife Action Plan. The past eight years haven’t been any kinder to the state’s collection of forests.


Motion to Dismiss Pipeline Tax Filed in Three States

The Conservation Law Foundation has filed a motion to dismiss the so-called “pipeline tax” in Rhode Island. The motion is being made after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled that utilities can't charge their electric customers for the cost of expanding natural-gas pipelines.


Getting Harder for Proposed Power Plant to Find Water

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — A power plant needs water, but the proposed Clear River Energy Center is having trouble getting it. In the latest defeat, the Pascoag Utility District, the public water utility for 1,200 local residents, recently voted to deny Invenergy access to polluted municipal wells for cooling water.

Cape Cod fishermen may be on their way to some relief from sharing inshore fishing grounds with mid-water herring trawling, a practice they say is threatening their livelihoods. (CCCFA)

Cape Cod fishermen may be on their way to some relief from sharing inshore fishing grounds with mid-water herring trawling, a practice they say is threatening their livelihoods. (CCCFA)

The Fair Workweek Coalition is working to change unfair scheduling practices in Rhode Island. (Fair Workweek Coalition/Facebook page)

The Fair Workweek Coalition is working to change unfair scheduling practices in Rhode Island. (Fair Workweek Coalition/Facebook page)

If kids are having problems in Providence's public schools or on its streets, there’s a good chance that Brother Ray Smith knows about it. (YLF)

If kids are having problems in Providence's public schools or on its streets, there’s a good chance that Brother Ray Smith knows about it. (YLF)


Lawmakers Ignore Waterfront Environmental Concerns

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island’s elected representatives didn’t even flinch when, right before the 2016 session ended, they OK’d putting a bond to expand the Port of Providence, which included the possibility of using taxpayer money to fill in 31 acres of Narragansett Bay, on the Nov. 8 ballot.


More Tropical Fish Arriving in Narragansett Bay Earlier

Fish from Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean have been known to turn up in local waters in late summer every year for decades. But lately they’ve been showing up earlier in the season and in larger numbers, which is raising questions among those who pay attention to such things.