Bill, Beers, Bill, Bears, Bluebacks, Buckies. That’s no fluke…

If there’s water involved, Bill McCusker is willing to get wet. He’s a tireless volunteer and advocate, a guy who collects water samples for URI’s Watershed Watch, has happily volunteered countless hours to the Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association, dragged hoses and fought fires for the Richmond-Carolina Volunteer Fire Department, all while continuing to heft herring … Continue reading Bill, Beers, Bill, Bears, Bluebacks, Buckies. That’s no fluke…

River Herring Count at Rising Sun Mills

RIDEM has one more herring count site at Providence's Rising Sun Mills. If you haven't been there, it's a real beauty of a refurbished mill whose owners have a sincere desire to help the Woonasquatucket River that flows through the backyard. Where others threw shopping carts and rolled car batteries down a lazy hill into a … Continue reading River Herring Count at Rising Sun Mills

You can learn a lot from 6″ of water

Always an outdoors column on the move, this week we go electroshocking catfish in Attleboro, Ma., find out how much you can learn by looking into a five gallon bucket and enjoy a quick discussion on Napoleon's wallpaper. Seriously. It’s difficult to connect an ankle deep river winding past a graveyard and an elementary school … Continue reading You can learn a lot from 6″ of water

It all starts here, on the banks of a river

Peter Van Noppen organized his folding tables, behind him, the Woonasquatucket River. Peter was the fulcrum for a big day of cleaning, clipping and hauling along this one stretch of the historic river just behind the gloriously restored Rising Sun Mill. The Woony was once a force powering mills and their machines, then a dirty … Continue reading It all starts here, on the banks of a river

Striper Migration, Greg Sansone hits a home run & herring get a helping hand

The Spring striper migration has begun and from the doldrums of winter we quickly move to a packed spring calendar. Bass are really feeding in the salt ponds and rivers as water temperatures begin to march upwards. Avid fisherman Greg Sansone was in Maryland for a baseball game and when the weather postponed the match, … Continue reading Striper Migration, Greg Sansone hits a home run & herring get a helping hand

standing up for taking down dams

Not everyone could be totally pleased by tearing down a dam. For many years, dams had significant positive effects on communities alongside and along ways away from the moving waters and fish passages they negated.  Dams generated power to light homes, cooled coal-powered power plants and created motionless lakes so people could waterski when they … Continue reading standing up for taking down dams

brookies, road salt, didymo, salamanders. huh.

After a several long, strong snow storms, our roads are again blotched black and dirty, roads are getting narrow, salt cakes everything. For those well-traveled paths, this is a ragged time of year. As snows continue to cycle through our region, legions of mailboxes not already decapitated, balance precariously on crooked posts, pointing in all … Continue reading brookies, road salt, didymo, salamanders. huh.