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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. 

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A dam removal project in North Kingstown is almost complete.


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Shellfishing has been banned in the Narrow River for more than two decades because of high bacteria levels, but the Narrow River Preservation Association is hoping dogs can help.

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An environmental advocacy group is suing Shell, the global oil and gas company, over a storage facility at the Port of Providence. They claim Shell is failing to protect it from the threat of climate change. 

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo wants to spend $10 million to add emission-free buses to the state's public transit authority. 

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Scientists will be tracking the movement of migratory fish along the Pawcatuck River this spring. It's the first time the entire river has been accessible to fish since the 1880s.


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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is proposing to slash funding from a new air quality improvement program that hasn't even started yet.


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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 includes a large environmental bond worth $48.5 million to fund land and water quality improvements. It's one of four ballot initiatives the governor is proposing for November 2018.  

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For some families in Rhode Island this Thanksgiving, a fresh wild turkey may be on the menu. However, that wouldn't have been possible just four decades ago. 

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Some 200 Burrillville residents are still unable to drink their tap water after a discovery last month of toxic chemicals in the public water supply.


State Officials Issue Algae Warnings

Jul 10, 2017
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The Rhode Island Departments of Health and Environmental Management are advising residents avoid bodies of water where blue-green algae blooms have been found.

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A shellfishing ban in Narragansett Bay has been lifted ahead of schedule. All conditional areas were closed over the weekend and will reopen today at noon. 

The ban was put in place more than a week ago when the water tested positive for a toxic algae. The bay and its tributaries were closed to shellfishing while the state tested the water and shellfish for the toxin domoic acid. Since then samples collected from the area have tested negative.

The state departments of health and environmental management will continue to collect and analyze samples twice a week. 

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The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation is kicking off a new project to collect data on black sea bass, a species that has moved north in search of cooler water.

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For the first time in years, river herring are traveling up the Saugatucket River in Wakefield without the help of humans lifting them over a dam during the spring migration. 

River herring are an important source of food for other animals. This year the Saugatucket River in Wakefield has a new fish ladder that's easier for river herring to find and swim through. Bryan Sojkowski, an engineer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the new ladder replaces an old one that wasn't well designed. 

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The freshwater fishing season has officially begun. More than 100 waterways across the state have been stocked with trout.

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