Top Priority Campaign

Protect Narragansett Bay

Sewage overflows are pollution Narragansett Bay, causing more than 100 beach closings in Rhode Island every year.

The good news is, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving to protect the Bay by updating clean water standards. The bad news is, polluters and their allies in Congress are moving to stop them.

Our staff is reaching out to people across the state to show the EPA that the public overwhelmingly supports strong, sensible rules to protect Narragansett Bay. Your activism and support will help us get the job done.

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Latest News

President Obama & EPA Protect Public Health, Announce Landmark Mercury Standard for Power Plants 12/21/2011

President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first-ever nationwide standard for mercury and air toxics pollution from power plants. Exposure to mercury and other air toxics is linked to cancer, heart disease, neurological damage, birth defects, asthma attacks, and premature death.

Our Latest Reports

Gobbling Less Gas for Thanksgiving: How Clean Car Standards Will Cut Oil Use and Save Americans Money 11/21/2011

Environment Rhode Island's new report, “Gobbling Less Gas for Thanksgiving: How Clean Car Standards Will Cut Oil Use and Save Americans Money,” uses regional Thanksgiving travel projections released by AAA to estimate how much less oil would be used—and how much money would be saved at the gas pump—if the average car taking those trips in Rhode Island this Thanksgiving met the 54.5 miles-per-gallon fuel efficiency standard the Obama administration is proposing for new cars and light trucks by model year 2025.

Global Warming Way Forward 10/18/2011

With a gridlock on energy and climate policy in Congress, Rhode Island and other states can take matters into their own hands to dramatically reduce global warming emissions.

In the News

Obama fights our oil addiction 11/17/2011

This week, President Obama announced the biggest step ever taken to end America's addiction to oil and tackle global warming: a new clean car standard increasing fleet-wide average fuel efficiency for cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

Narragansett Bay one of 20 most contaminated in U.S. 11/03/2011

According to a "scary" fact sheet published on Halloween by Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center, Narragansett Bay remains contaminated by pollutants including sewage, petroleum, and heavy metals.

After lawsuit, Newport agrees to eliminate illegal sewage discharge into Bay 8/12/2011

On Thursday, three years after Environment Rhode Island and four local citizens launched a federal lawsuit, the city of Newport entered into a consent decree that will require it to eliminate illegal discharges of sewage into Narragansett Bay and prevent contaminated storm-water runoff at Easton’s Beach.

For our Fall 2011 newsletter, Environment Rhode Island’s Courtney Abrams spoke with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse about the challenges facing Rhode Island’s environment. Read the interview here.