Rhode Island beach closures drop

R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH data shows that, since 2009, state beach closures due to bacteria caused by heavy rainfall are on the decline. Rhode Island regularly tests state beaches for contamination. Above, Roger W. Wheeler State Beach. / COURTESY OFFICE OF GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO
PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island is having to close its beaches less due to elevated bacteria levels, according to new statistics from the state Department of Health. The department attributes the drop to cities and towns upgrading their systems for handling storm water in recent years. Not only is that a plus for the environment, according…

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