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Do you know what it’s like not to have access to water? This week’s topic is a tough one to discuss and a lot of questions are asked. Recently the Navajo nation in Arizona filed a claim against the State of Arizona regarding the lack of adequate water access on the reservation. So who controls the water on the reservation? Where is the case now? Ta…
 
We start the show with spoof from a short video talking about an oil spills and what goes on etc. See Here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m5qxZm_JqM). Although the video is a funny spoof, it brought us to today’s topic about the oil industry. There has been quite a bit of recent news coming out of California, about fossil fuel campaigns that ar…
 
This week’s topic we are going to discuss the effects climate change has had on the preservation of Historic Cemeteries. The Rhode Island has over 2,000 recognized historic cemeteries. More and more historic cemeteries are becoming increasingly in danger of flooding and are starting to erode. Is it worth the money to save those who are lost? What c…
 
This week’s episode is a very hot topic around Rhode Island due to the sheer number of parties involved and the fact that this case has been going on since 2003! We are talking about Champlin’s Marina. If you’re familiar with Block Island, than you know Champlin’s Marina has been there for a while. We discuss their attempt to expand the footprint o…
 
Have you ever seen one of those giant wind turbines? They convert kinetic energy of wind into electrical energy. Where there is one, chances are there are several dozen more. In this episode we talk about several project that are either in the works now or about to take place with offshore wind. At the moment there isn’t enough public knowledge abo…
 
What do you know about the Right Whale? It’s never wrong…. But seriously, the Right Whale is on the Endangered Species Act and this week we are talking about this big beautiful mammal. The federal government is proposing that ferries and charter boats will need to move much slower during the off season in Rohde Island and perhaps other areas as wel…
 
Renewable Energy is a topic that is in the news headlines but there isn't a lot of information available about it. In this episode we are going to provide some background on the history of energy on the planet and then talk about some of the more popular renewable energy sources and projects that are out today. Take a listen.…
 
Rhode Island, has had a very dry summer season and it’s unusual to have so much rain fall in a very short time in the month of September, but that’s what happen last week. In this episode we are going to discuss the historic amount of rain fall that we experienced last week. We had so much rain that it actually flooded Interstate 95 in Providence a…
 
Ever see those giant ships in port and wonder how it keeps balanced when fully loaded? The ship’s hull can store what is called Ballast water (freshwater or ocean) in it to provide stability and maneuverability during a voyage. That’s this weeks topic, Ballast water. We are going to discuss what happens when a ship travels from one port to the next…
 
How many times have you opened your refrigerator and found some food stuffed in the back that you forgot about? Most of us has done this at one point or another, so we throw it in the trash and maybe start to feel a little guilty for wasting food. On this episode we have special guest Leo Pollock, he is going to educate you on Food Waste. First thi…
 
Peace, Love and Cleanup! This week we discuss The Woodstock of cleanups that happen September 9th, 1972 along the Blackstone River. This was the largest single-day clean-up effort in the nation the nation’s history at that time, pulling out debris in the excess of 10,000 tons! So why are we talking about it? This year marks the 50th anniversary and…
 
This week we are changing it up a bit and we are going to talk about… ourselves! Get to know us. Tune in and have fun with us this week as we answer some questions that will help you get to know us a little better. Here’s a fun fact… We share the same birthday August 11 how old are we? Next question! We have some fun sharing some things we like and…
 
A reader asks Clarice and Marisa what they do all day at work, among other things. In this episode they talk a lot about Public Utilities. In Rhode Island we have a Public Utilities Commission (PUC); other states call it something else. Every state has both local and federal regulations they must adhere to, they discuss how it is set up and the fun…
 
This week we bring up an article that was recently published (https://www.gloucestertimes.com/opinion/letter-biden-climate-change-plan-forgets-fishing-industry-communities/article_609745be-09f7-11ed-8d11-8f912596b992.html ) and the current administration visiting the Brayton Point Powerplant. The President has earmarked that facility as the new hub…
 
This week we are talking with some special guests, Sarah and Monica and we are going to discuss the Portsmouth AgInnovation. The Portsmouth AgInnovation has put together a student driven farm project. The program has been a huge success with the youth. Find out how this came together and what they are doing today.…
 
This week we had a listener ask us to discuss the problems with electricity in the state of Texas, so, we looked it up! You may remember we did an episode on the “Strain on the Grid” (Ep: 038 – Listen here), but today we are going to go a little deeper! There seems to be a serious issue with their infrastructure and their grid to support major weat…
 
On this episode we had a request from one of our listeners to discuss conservation restrictions. So, we must first understand what are the basics for conservation easement versus conservation restriction. First it’s is a very legally nuanced. It’s important to understand because when you are looking to develop land or if you’re working for governme…
 
In one of the pervious episodes we discussed solar panels and recently a listener reached out and asked a question. But before we get into that we celebrate 50 years of the clean water act being passed! Now, the question asked was are Solar Panels Hazardous and Toxic? Answer… It depends. Take a listen because we break down what the solar panels are…
 
Alisa Richardson is a professional engineer and currently working with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. She is the acting administrator of the environmental division at that agency. Prior to being at DOT, Alisa worked for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Take a listen as she shares her story and they discuss wh…
 
Time for a POP Quiz Everybody! Play along with us this week and see how many questions you get right, It’s time to take your “Environmental quiz!” In this episode Clarice is in the hot seat and Marisa is your game show host firing off environmental questions and seeing how many questions they can answer correctly. Play along with us and let us know…
 
Strain on the Grid refers to drought, in power, in electric power and other sources of power. The grid generally refers to the infrastructure that a utility puts in place to provide power from the generator to the user. When you hear the word “grid” most people think of, Electricity, and now that the weather is warming up, what does that mean for t…
 
This week we are talking about Wetlands, but specifically Wetlands reestablishment. If you’ve been with us for a while we did a basic overview of wetlands in episode 9 (click here to listen). Today however we want to focus more on Wetlands reestablishment, which is rebuilding something that was formerly a wetland but has been impacted to such an ex…
 
This weeks topic we are talking about the drought out in California. (insert eye roll we know). But why? It started around the time Marisa was a freshman in college when her college professor stated "the root of all issues on this planet stem from overpopulation". When we put pressure on resources that are shared by everyone, those resources start …
 
We have a very special episode for you this week! We have a very special guest, Zak Mertz, (a.k.a. Superfund Zak) who is the Executive Director of Bird's Eye Cape Wildlife Center, a part of the New England Wildlife Center. We are going to hear Zak's personal story, and cover a full range of wildlife topics. We cover squirrel season, climate change,…
 
We start this week’s show off with a friendly Public Service Announcement…. Don’t put your recycling in plastic bags… Thank you. O.K.! Now the topic we are covering this week is Cross Examination. Reason for this is, something that has happened recently at an administrative hearing and the decision the Providence superior court has made about it. B…
 
We start the show off recapping the last episode on Earth Day. Did you know Earth Day is our Second favorite day, next to our birthdays! We get back on track and discuss a very interesting article about how big cats in California were being killed on the ten-line highways out there. Sad story, however there is a twist! There has been talk of buildi…
 
This week we celebrate Earth Day. Earth Day started on April 22nd, 1970, and created by Senator Gaylord Nelson. So in this episode we are going to discuss how Earth Day came into what it is today, what it is and it’s focus. We are also going to talk about how they spread the word back then when there wasn’t social media. Can you name some governmen…
 
The month of April has been designated as Earth Month and we start the show off buy sharing an article we recently have seen about an activity that people are taking part in called… Plogging. Plogging started in Sweden in 2016. plogging is a combination of jogging while picking up trash. So next time you are out on your daily jog, pick up some tras…
 
This week we start the show of on something positive, and share in the news of a company buying back old used furniture that you may have bought from them in the past. This bit of news is short lived as we get into a serious topic this week the “Tragedy of Commons”. Ever hear of it? Tragedy of the Commons is an old theory where the resources of the…
 
What is the Federal Endangered Species Act? We are going to talk about how this Act works and what it protects. Have you ever been seen signage or other infostructure that states humans cannot go into a particular area like a sand dune? Well, that’s because that area is trying to protect something called a critical habitat for a particular species.…
 
This week we sit down with Narragansett Bay River Keeper, Kate McPherson. We discuss the keeper program and Save the Bay, which is the organization that houses Narragansett Bay, Riverkeeper and it actually has three keepers. So what does a River Keeper do? Take a listen as Kate shares her background and how she got into the position of a River Keep…
 
This week we are talking about Smart Growth. Sounds like something you add to your plants at home. No, not what we’re talking about. Recently Clarice went to Ohio, and a few month ago Marisa took a trip to Montana. Both states are pretty wide open compared to what we see around Rhode Island. What happens when all the land is gone? You can grow outw…
 
Little different kind of show this episode. We got an interesting article from a listener and we put Marisa on the spot. There is a crane-topped vessel that sunk in the Providence River and has been there about four years. So, some questions arise from this, who’s crane is it? Can it be removed? Who is now responsible for it and will it hurt the su…
 
This week's topic might just shock you a little bit, we are going to discuss renewable energy not necessarily being environmentally friendly. WHAT!? This topic was sparked by the Super Bowl commercials that were played this year. There was a clear overarching theme in all of the commercials. Renewable energy for cars. American Capitalism is making …
 
Attorney-Client Communication is crucial between parties. What does that relationship look like? What are you both getting yourselves into? On this episode, hosts Marisa and Clarice dive into the context of attorney-client privilege, and the concept that communication between an attorney and their client is so sacrosanct that it requires an extra l…
 
So what is a carbon footprint? Almost every living thing on the planet creates emissions. In case you don’t know, methane and carbon emissions are a big issue for everyone on the planet because they result in greenhouse gas increases which then contribute to warming of the planet. We are going to learn more about carbon footprints, where they come …
 
In this episode we are going to discuss, Land Use. Marissa talks about a recent trip to Montana and how it got her thinking about how unfortunate it is that in this country, our development and land use policies don't seem to have a lot of forward thinking contained in them. There is a battle between progress and conservation. Take a listen to find…
 
In this episode we are going to discuss the Seekonk River oil spill. There has been two spills in this area over the past few months and we are going to discuss what happens is you have contaminated soil on a property, we will explain what a C-A-P is, (the environment remediation industry will put into place as an engineer to control for a contamin…
 
This week we are going to discuss due process in the context of a municipal setting, but the concept of due process can apply, as well, to any government body, state, municipal, federal. Without getting too much into the weeds here, there are two different types of due process considerations. One is called procedural due process and the other is su…
 
Woolly Mammoth! That got your attention didn’t it. We start the show off by putting Marissa in the hot seat and after a few laughs, we dive in to this week’s topic of, questions you should ask when you're looking to hire an environmental or land use attorney. Take a listen to the things you should be ask and were you should look when hiring an Envi…
 
Aquaculture is a water-based farm in the sense of it’s like salmon farms or oysters or clams or, different types of fish. It even extends out to types of seaweeds. So it’s farming but it’s in the sea. The aquaculture industry is composed of folks that are looking to create farms that are water dependent to grow and then eventually harvest and sell …
 
The Rhode Island Open Meetings Act is aimed at making sure that government is operating appropriately. It dictates how public entities can meet, how they cannot meet, what they can talk about, how the agendas need to be noticed and certain deadlines and time frames. Take a listen as we dive into more detail and give examples go the Rhode Island Ope…
 
This episode we are talking about Public Beach Access, what it means for people who property directly on the ocean or, adjacent to the setback to the ocean. What does it mean when you live on a beach and you have people walking the shoreline picking seashells or laying on the beach in front of your house? Can they do that? Is it trespassing? Take a…
 
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