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Narragansett Bay Commission Digs into Final Phase of Pollution-Reducing Sewer Overflow Tunnel Project

June 24, 2021
https://www.ecori.org/composting/2021/6/22/narragansett-bay-commission-digs-into-final-phase-of-sewer-overflow-tunnel-project

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The end of a remote street where heavy construction equipment pounded and clawed a sandy lot under a beating sun seemed an unlikely spot for a gathering including members of Congress, state and municipal politicians and various administrators, organizers and advocates.

Yet the June 18 groundbreaking ceremony hosted by the Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) marked the opening of the final phase in the largest public works project ever undertaken in Rhode Island, and likely the project’s last public appearance for some time as the work to benefit the surface estuary heads underground.

The groundbreaking attended by 100 guests officially opened the third stage of the utility’s combined sewer overflow (CSO) project, known as “RestoredWaters RI,” which is expected to create 1,700 jobs in an effort to raise water quality in Narragansett Bay and its watershed and subsequently improve health and environmental conditions.

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