Nature & Outdoors

Cranston To Receive Funds To Rehab the Rivers

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by Josh Wood Thursday June 4, 2009 The state is getting a much-needed economic boost to help preserve open space and rehabilitate the health of the Pocasset and Pawtuxet rivers. The two rivers have been squeezed out of their natural footprint by developments along the riverbanks. The funds, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will aim to restore some of the natural floodplain that has been lost.

In Cranston, $984,550 will be used to buy an 80-acre easement and 22-acre easement that will reconnect the Pawtuxet River to its floodplain by removing dikes and re-establishing aquatic plant species. Together, the projects are expected to create 54 jobs and benefit 130 acres, and alleviate repetitive flood damage to 16 properties.

Another $539,475 will be used in Cranston to buy a 30-acre easement as part of the Pocasset River Watershed Study, removing floodplain fill and restoring the stream channel. The project is expected to create 30 jobs and benefit 69 acres, and protect 67 residential properties that have dealt with repeated flooding.

From the Providence Journal.

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Open Space Up For Grabs

Hey, Floating Deer Head here. I just wanted to let you know that there’s an opportunity for Cranston to protect 50 acres of farmlands and forest on Natick Avenue. The proposal is up for review at this Monday’s city council meeting at 7pm in City Hall. Details on the click.


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Rough Weather Later Today

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says the weather could get all Wizard of Oz this afternoon. If you’re lounging in the kiddie pool or making divots on the links – respect the thunder and head to shelter. Along with the threat of wind and hail, Rhode Island is also... more

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This Weekend: Kill Plants

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