In late September, the tribe contracted with Invenergy to supply water from tribal wells that are sourced from the southern portion of the Lower Wood Aquifer, located in the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed. The watershed comprises all or parts of Charlestown, Richmond, Hopkinton,Westerly, Exeter, West Greenwich, and South Kingstown in Rhode Island, and North Stonington, Stonington, Voluntown, and Sterling in Connecticut.
Students in the Chariho Culinary Arts program will host their annual Thanksgiving luncheon for seniors on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Chariho Tech. Reservations are required, and can be made by contacting Chariho Hospitality and Event Planning at 401-552-7567. Please leave a message with your contact information: first name, last name, phone number, number of guests in your party, and your town. The lunch begins at 11 a.m. in the Chariho Tech dining room, 459 Switch Road, Wood River Junction.
Members of the Hopkinton Town Council voted unanimously Monday to send a letter of support to Charlestown, congratulating the town on having received intervenor status in its effort to halt the sale of water by the Narragansett Tribe to a proposed power plant.
Council President Frank Landolfi said he was troubled by the possible effects of such a sale on the entire area. “There’s too many consequences, I think, of that happening,” he said. “I think we need to band with the others as we did with the railroad. Unfortunately, the Narragansett Tribe was with us on the railroad. This wasn’t a very transparent process.”
McMahon is the second senior Charlestown officer to retire in the past two months. Detective Sgt. Ryan Gwaltney announced his decision in mid-September. Gwaltney was a 28-year member of the force and had also been hired under Brady.
Westerly Sun: “The heavily redacted documents make it impossible to identify where the water will be withdrawn from the Narragansett parcels and what routes will be affected by tanker truck traffic, Platner said in her testimony. The maximum withdrawal quantity is also missing from the documents, making it impossible to gauge the impact on the town and the aquifer, she said.”
Invenergy recently announced the tribe as the back-up water supplier to cool its proposed plant. However, tribal members claim the water deal was made illegally without a vote from the tribal body, which violates the their constitution. Darlene Monroe, tribal elder and march organizer, said the next step is to file a court order that would put a stop to the water agreement.
“this isn’t a Charlestown issue or a tribal issue alone. This is a regional issue and towns from Westerly to Narragansett need to be aware of it and let the state’s Energy Facility Siting Board know they want to be involved. And if it involves Westerly it involves Pawcatuck, since the aquifer supplies Pawcatuck’s water through Westerly.”
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Invenergy has reached agreements with the Narragansett Indian Tribe and Benn Water & Heavy Transport to serve as backup water suppliers to the fossil fuel-burning power plant that the Chicago company has proposed in Burrillville. Invenergy released the names of the supplemental suppliers on Thursday after submitting the information to the state […]
A second officer of the Charlestown Police Department, Lt. Patrick McMahon, has been placed on leave.
“Given the small size of our department, and because the investigation may focus on town police officers, I asked the state police to conduct this inquiry to eliminate any conflict of interest and to ensure the integrity of the Charlestown Police Department. I have full confidence in the state police and should their probe determine wrongdoing by any member of this department, the chips will fall where they may,” he said.
Communities across southeastern Connecticut and southern Rhode Island breathed a sigh of relief last month when the Federal Railroad Administration withdrew plans to build the controversial Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass, but a new study for alternatives is underway that could allow the bypass to return.
ecoRI News – Rhode Island just doesn’t get it, even when it tries to be 21st century. Cutting down 30,000 trees to make room for a solar farm is only slightly less 1980’s than destroying 200 acres of forest to build a fossil-fuel power plant.
The smallest state has plenty of wasted space, in the form of brownfields, old landfills, rooftops, parking lots and empty big-box retailers, but the Ocean State seems driven to Paul Bunyan its way to the future.
The cast of thousands who successfully convinced the Federal Railroad Administration there must be better ways to fix the Northeast Corridor than running track through some of this region’s most historic and beautiful areas should give themselves a round of applause. Then it is time to get right back to work and Act II. This is just intermission.
The 27-acre farm located at 89a Country Drive, has been awarded a $20,000 grant toward the installation of a 15.6 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system that will offset power used by the farm’s composting and agricultural operation.
“We want the public to know and have confidence that we are adhering to best practices and are operating at the highest level we possibly can when it comes to meeting state and national police standards,” Allen said. “When we interact with the public on a day-to-day basis, this process has helped assure that we have proper policies and procedures in place for everything we do.”
A scuffle resulting in one arrest broke out at the Narragansett Tribal Office on Route 2 Saturday when a faction that identifies itself as the rightfully elected tribal council tried to enter the building during a meeting led by Matthew Thomas, the current chief sachem.
“We’re not just rolling over and saying ‘Hey, these solar panel farms are a great idea,’ he said. “There’s many challenges that come with that, and that’s what we wanted to do, was start getting stuff on the table…We need to take a step back on these things in our town and look at what other towns are doing and try to find a strategy as to how these projects should be sited, because now, it’s getting out of hand.”
“I don’t think it’s over by any means because the Record of Decision sets a benchmark that requires a transit time between New York City and Boston of 2 hours and 45 minutes, roughly an hour quicker than what it is right now,” he said. “The plan no longer proposes any solutions, instead it sets up the New Haven to Providence Capacity Planning Study, which requires the state-level departments of transportation in Connecticut and Rhode Island to take on a larger role, and to find a way to meet this mandated time savings.
The town is applying for funds from the State Transportation Improvement Plan for its Old Post Road Multiuse Path Feasibility Study. The bike path would extend along a route, as yet undetermined, from Ninigret Park to either the Charlestown Post Office at 3970 Old Post Road or to a location on the border of South Kingstown.
July 2, 2017 10:27PM – By Cynthia Drummond Sun staff writer CHARLESTOWN – One of Rhode Island’s most celebrated commercial successes, aquaculture has undergone a rapid expansion in the last decade, and about half of it is taking place in southern coastal ponds. Industry representatives, scientists, government representatives and members of the public gathered Thursday […]
If you only go to one farmer’s market this year, this is your stop. It will be held every Friday throughout the summer from 9:30 to 1:00 on the grounds of Church of The Holy Spirit, 4150 Post Road in Charlestown. The mission of the land Trust is to help preserve the beauty and rural character of Charlestown. With honey, oysters and lemonade in the mix, that mission becomes quite delicious.
The price of the solar panels and installation decrease as more people sign up, he said. In Tier I, requiring one to 10 installations, the price per kilowatt will be 3.14 cents; Tier II, requiring 11 to 30 installations, will be 3.04 cents per kilowatt; and Tier III, anything above 30 installations, will bring the price down to 2.94 cents per kilowatt hour.
Scott Millar of Grow Smart Rhode Island, “Grow Smart certainly doesn’t support, taking agricultural land that can yield good, fresh food for Rhode Islanders out of production to generate power, and we certainly don’t support the clearing and further fragmentation of forest land that can negatively impact resources such as our drinking water, habitat, to supply power. I think Rhode Island needs power, and the increase in renewable energy is an important objective, but we believe there are many existing sites in Rhode Island that have already been developed or that are zoned for industrial or commercial use that can be used to support renewable energy.”
Helping residents find the park, located at approximately 41 Columbia Heights Road, was challenging, because the it has no formal address and isn’t on maps yet, Hilton said. “We gave out a house number nearby so people could get here,” she said. It was the first of what the town intends to be an annual event.
The open field, surrounded by trees on three sides, boasts a new playground that was installed by the town this spring to replace one that had deteriorated at the rear corner of the site.
The six applications come on the heels of a much larger proposal, heard by the Planning Board on May 3 and by the Town Council on Monday. That project would be the town’s largest to date, an 18.8 -megawatt station on 73 acres in Bradford comprising 43,000 solar panels.
The average price per watt for solar panel installation in Rhode Island is $3.89, said Karen Stewart, Community Outreach Manager for SmartPower Rhode Island, but Sol Power offered a shared price model in three tiers: Tier one was $3.14 per watt for one to 12 installations; tier two was $3.04 per watt for 13 to 25 installations; and tier three was $2.94 per watt for 25 or more installations.
Scott Millar, manager of community technical assistance for Grow Smart Rhode Island, said solar panels on rooftops, industrial land, landfills and brownfields would minimize environmental damage. He noted that crash-strapped municipalities would be eager to rent vacant and underused development space to renewable-energy developers.
“We need to take a hard look at what we’re proposing,” the former Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management staffer said. “We shouldn’t be sacrificing farms and forests.”
Working in two shifts over three days, groups of approximately 20 volunteers are planting 23,000 plugs of spartina grass in the sand at the Ninigret salt marsh. It’s a simple but demanding task that requires carefully digging each hole and inserting a tuft of grass.
May 15, 2017 07:43AM By Catherine Hewitt Sun staff writer CHARLESTOWN — Nine experimental oyster reefs are being built in Quonochontaug Pond to test whether they can improve the survival of important recreational fish such as black sea bass, tautog, striped bass, scup, summer flounder and winter flounder. The Nature Conservancy and the Rhode Island […]
May 10, 2017 03:31PM By Catherine Hewitt Sun staff writer CHARLESTOWN — A new Italian restaurant is serving double duty as a quick drive-through and casual sit-down establishment. “We tailored the menu with popular Italian comfort foods with speed of service,” said owner Nicole Manfredo, of Charlestown, who opened Gemelli Bistro with a ribbon-cutting ceremony […]