Rhode Island

Clean Water in Narragansett Bay!

Loss | May 05 2016

Clean Water

The Surfrider Foundation Rhode Island Chapter worked with our Northeast Regional Manager to try to support the passage of a bill that would have helped protect water quality in the Narragansett Bay.

H7099, an act relating to waters and navigation of Narragansett Bay, would have created an incentive for businesses to help protect water quality by prohibiting the Narragansett Bay Commission and/or the Department of Environmental Management from charging fees, including annual permit fees, to any business that is utilizing a recycling process that does not discharge wastewater into publicly owned sewage treatment facilities or into the waters of Rhode Island.

Less discharge into the Bay would have helped protect the health of the ocean ecosystem and all who enjoy playing in and near it!

UPDATE:

The bill was referred to the House Finance Committee on January 8, 2016.

Unfortunately, after public hearing on May 5, 2016, the committee recommended this measure be held for further study, which essentially means it's dead.

For more information, please email: mgates@surfrider.org

The best way to support our work is to become a member of the Surfrider Foundation. To get more directly involved in our efforts in Rhode Island, please give a shout.

We hope you will also consider testifying when this bill comes to public hearing! Stay tuned to this event for more information.

Can't attend the hearing?  No sweat - you can still help by emailing your support. We'll provide committee emails and talking points for written testimony when the bill is scheduled for public hearing.

Clean Water

Everyone should have access to clean water to surf, swim and play in. The Surfrider Foundation is taking a multi-tiered approach to tackle ocean pollution problems. We are testing the waters for bacteria and toxins, raising public awareness and finding real solutions to ocean pollution; solutions that restore healthy watersheds, protect local water supplies and keep pollution from reaching the ocean.

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