Narragansett Bay on List of Most Polluted Waterways
November 17, 2011
Jamestown Press: According to a new fact sheet published by Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center, Narragansett Bay contains a toxic stew of pollutants including nitrogen, phosphorous and heavy metals. This combination of toxins has resulted in the bay being a “ghost of its former self.”
The statement from the organization includes a 10-point litany of the evils that have taken hold in the bay. These include the quantities of nitrogen and phosphorous that have found their way into the water as a result of failing septic systems, inadequate wastewater treatment, and agricultural and urban runoff.
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