Mapping the Road to Resilience

If you live in one of the 21 communities that abut Rhode Island’s coastline, you probably know the place. There’s a road in the neighborhood that pretty much leads to nowhere. At one point it might have led to a beach, but now the end of the road has collapsed as...

Living with Lyme

By Meredith Haas Photographs by Stephanie Craig Exposed wires and floor joists loom above Cyndi Murray’s dining room table as part of ongoing renovations to remove black mold from her Cape Cod-style home in Middletown. “Part of our kitchen had to be torn out because...

A Rising Challenge

By Ellen Liberman Photographs by Cate Brown Rhode Island Grapples with the Policy and Practice of Coastal Resiliency With just a few weeks to go, the town of Narragansett was racing to meet a deadline. On March 1, a new state law would radically alter the way...

Unsafe Harbor

“I DON’T THINK ANYTHING WILL HAPPEN UNTIL THERE’S A MAJOR ISSUE.”  By Cathy Shufro Photographs by Michael Salerno A yellow-and-gray crane towers above a hill of salt on the ProvPort pier. This late-March delivery from Egypt constitutes just a...

One Block In: Rebuilding after Sandy

By Hugh Markey Title Photo by iStock/DepthofField “You’re gone; there’s nothing” John Bellone, owner of the Breezeway Resort, had just recently finished buttoning up his Misquamicut hotel and restaurant after the 2012 season. Water was drained from the pipes, and...

Resilience Shapes Investments

By Jen A. Miller   “Better-prepared municipalities equal a better-prepared Ocean State,” says Shaun O’Rourke, the state’s chief resilience officer and director of stormwater and resiliency at the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank. He’s working with municipalities on...