Two Years After the City Makes a Deal With DEM to Gets Its Environmental Management Oversight Act Together, The City Is Another Two Years Overdue With Its Educational Public Outreach
Two years ago, the city of Warwick made a deal with DEM that basically stipulated the city get its environmental regulatory control act together, or face heavy fines.
Part of that consent agreement deal included public educational outreach, something the city should have started doing many, many years ago. Two years post coming under DEM fire, that public outreach hasn't even started.
You think the mayor cares? He's heading off tomorrow on another vacation, this time to Ireland.
The video clip below is from the 9/6/2017 city council meeting. You will hear city engineer Eric Earls answer questions asked by a few members of the city council regarding public environmental educational outreach to Oakland Beach and the neighborhood surrounding Warwick Pond.
The city needed to hire a consulting firm for almost $16K to figure out how to properly target residents for mailings in and around those communities. All the city needs to do is utilize Google Earth and the city's GIS system, and you'd have your mailing list, but no, let's hire a consulting firm to figure it out.
Updates on the Suburban Parkway stormwater bio-retention areas, along with feedback from the council on where they think the bacterial pollution comes from, are also covered in the video.
Also in the video, councilman Merolla references a recent EPA news release announcing that they have awarded almost $4 million in grant funding to support programs aimed at restoring and protecting coastal watershed areas in our area. Councilman Merolla advises the city engineer that Warwick be one of the communities to apply for that grant funding.