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 The House of Representatives today approved a House resolution sponsored by Rep. Lauren H. Carson seeking a water quality and resilience assessment at state parks, including Fort Adams in Newport.

The resolution (2022-H 8339) requests that the Department of Environmental Management assess the potential impacts and vulnerability of paved parking lots larger than 10,000 square feet that are within 500 feet of water bodies listed as impaired under the Clean Water Act and located in state parks. The resolution asks that the assessment include, at minimum, Fort Adams State Park, Goddard State Park, Lincoln Woods and Colt State Park.

The resolution also requests that DEM prepare a report with plans and cost estimates for addressing storm water, resilience and sea level rise at these four parks and any others that it may elect to include.

“It’s well known that runoff from parking lots is a major source of water pollution. Fort Adams, in particular, is often used for large events that fill its lots to capacity with vehicles. Given its waterfront location, we should be looking at what is running into the water from those parking areas, and what we can do to protect water from that pollution now and in the future,” said Representative Carson (D-Dist. 75, Newport). “The quality of our water, and the Narragansett Bay in particular, is so important to our economy. It’s a critical resource for our tourism industry, our blue economy, maritime and seafood industries, as well as for everyday Rhode Islanders who enjoy recreation on our water. We need clean water, and this bill is one more way we can move toward greater stewardship of our water resources.”

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Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.