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New England Lakes Conference -
May 29 & 30, 2015
(click here for details and other events)

Help your favorite resource - Participate in Local Events

New England Lakes Conference
Friday, May 29th and 30th; Burlington, VT - Main Street Landing Performance Arts Center

Join lake association members, volunteer monitors, lakes managers and agency folks in this preminent regional lakes conference. Hosted on the shores of spectacular Lake Champlain,  this is a unque opportunity to information critical for the protection of your lake or watershed and the growth of your local organizations. See the NEC-NALMS website for more information and a link to register (click here).

Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Assocation 32nd Annual Meeting
Saturday, May 30th;  1-5 pm, WPWA HW 203 Arcadia Rd, Hope Valley RI

Come celebrate all of WPWA’s 2014 accomplishments and honor the organization’s hard fought efforts to bring a National Park Service Wild & Scenic Rivers designation to RI. The three-year study and subsequent designation into the national system will bring new revenue streams to RI and adding an additional level of protection to these regionally important rivers.

The meeting will begin with an open house from 1-2:30 pm, during which Vivian and John Maxson and a feathered friend from the Born to be Wild Nature Center will give a raptor demonstration. Kayaks will be available for those who want to explore the Wood River. WPWA’s business meeting and awards ceremony will begin at 3 pm, and the event will conclude at 5 PM.

The event will take place at the WPWA campus, 203 Arcadia Rd. Hope Valley, RI and is free and open to the public (no pre-registration required). Light refreshments will be served. For the WPWA website click here.
For More Information Contact: Elise Torello: elise@wpwa.org, 401-539-9017

URI Home*A*Syst: Private Well Water Workshops
Tuesday, July 14th at 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Cross Mills Public Library, 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown, RI 02816

URI's Home*A*Syst program will hold community workshops for homeowners to learn about:

-- Regular water testing
-- Well water protection
-- Good housekeeping practices to protect your drinking water quality

We will answer your questions and provide you with a packet of resource materials. RI Department of Health water testing kits will be available at the program.

Workshops are free and open to the public. Please call (401) 874-4918 to register for the workshop of your choice.

The URI Home*A*Syst Program is an educational, technical resource to Rhode Island residents. We work to provide residents with the skills and resources needed to protect their drinking water quality, the quality of the State’s water resources, and to take action to protect their health and the environment. More more information see http://web.uri.edu/safewater/.

 

Collecting Mercury Bulbs in Rhode Island - Participating Retailers

Compact fluorescent lightbulbs are a great way to cut your carbon emissions (and electric bills) but they contain mercury, which makes disposal a potential problem. Even the small amount of mercury found in the bulbs will accumulate in the tissues of fish and otehr species when the bulbs are simply thrown in the trash. Properly recyclethe bulbs by bringing them to a participating hardware storm and protect our lakes, river and bay! See http://cleanwateraction.org/page/collecting-mercury-bulbs-rhode-island-participating-retailersfor a list of hardware stores (and maybe buy a few LED bulbs while you are there which use even less electricity, do not contain mercury, and last a lot longer).

The Shocking Truth About Your Dog's Poop

One of the biggest threats to many of our waterways is also one of our favorite things - the family dog. Learn why it's so important by clicking here - and don't forget to scoop it!

Farmers Markets - Statewide
Various days, times and locations

While our local farms are gearing up for spring, they still have lots of local products are available including a wide variety of locally raised meats, eggs, produce and more. Support local farmers, who help Rhode Island maintain its rural character, provide jobs, protect open space and water quality, all while providing nutritious, localy grown foods! To find one of these INDOOR farmers' markets click here to learn more.

Walk, hikes, paddles and cruises
See a complete list of outdoor events at "What Grows On in Rhode Island"
http://www.whatgrowsonri.com/outdoors-in-ri.html

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