The more we slap concrete down all over the state, the more we trigger devestating consequences, like the million-dollar flooding in Cranston last September.
We often ignore the environmental impact of the cities we build. When we build a road, building or sidewalk, we usually cover the ecosystem’s natural mechanisms for absorbing rainfall with impervious surfaces. This award-winning environmental article in RI Monthly was written by a geography professor with an eye on the human and environmental interactions between community land use choices and watershed quality. The RI governor announced for Earth Day that it will be investing funds to tackle the storm water pollution problem.
Tags: urban, water, coastal, urban ecology, Rhode Island.