Avory Brookins

Environment Reporter

Avory started as Rhode Island Public Radio's environment reporter in April 2017.  You'll also hear her sometimes filling-in as the weekend news host/anchor.  Before joining the station, she was a general assignment reporter at Wisconsin Public Radio. Previously she reported on health, science and the community for Philadelphia's public radio station, WHYY.

Avory is a Philadelphia native and proud Temple Owl.

When she's not reporting on the environment, she loves listening to K-pop, watching K-dramas, and researching Korean culture.

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It’s been about a year since water supply board Providence Water rolled out a loan program for customers looking to replace their lead pipes, and they say it's been off to a good start. 

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Earlier this week, Rhode Island and the South Coast experienced the aftermath of Hurricane Florence -- nothing too major, just a few inches of rain. However, this time 80 years ago was a completely different story. 

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A New England-based environmental advocacy group says the region is making progress improving air quality, but more work needs to done. 

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About 80 supporters, friends, family members and volunteers for Elorza's campaign clapped and chanted "four more years" as the mayor wrapped up his victory speech during his election night watch party.

Juan Rodriguez

Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have started to test drinking water from private wells in Cape Cod for toxic man-made chemicals called per and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, which may have been left behind by military training materials. 

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A national conservation organization is suing the federal government for failing to respond to their public records request on the American burying beetle, Rhode Island's official state insect protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. 

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Officials from the Rhode Island Department of Health have lifted a boil water notice that was issued after E. coli bacteria was found during routine sampling by Suez Water. 

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The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has reduced the area in Upper Narragansett Bay that has been closed off to shellfishing to just a two-mile stretch along Warwick's coast. 

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National Grid customers in Rhode Island will see changes to their gas and electric bills, effective this Saturday.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reduced the amount of Atlantic herring Rhode Island and South Coast fishermen can catch this year due to an updated stock assessment that shows the fish's population is in decline.

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The Environmental Protection Agency proposed Tuesday changes to the federal plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, but Rhode Island's governor says the new rule is "regressive."  

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The Enviromental Protection Agency announced Thursday a proposal to rollback a federal standard that aims to reduce carbon emissions from cars. 

Juan Rodriguez

On a quiet street by Green Hill Pond in Charlestown about a mile away from the ocean, Andrew Baer walks onto his front lawn and asks for help sliding the cap off his well. Luckily, he's having solar panels installed and there are plenty of hands at-the-ready. 

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The company proposing to build a natural gas power plant in Burrillville will begin pre-engineering work in early August, but a strong opponent of the project claims the announcement is "an obvious effort at misdirection."

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A DC-based environmental advocacy group gives Rhode Island a D and Massachusetts an F for their renewable energy law known as the Renewable Portfolio Standard.