Senator Reed presented awards at the 25th Annual Rhode Island Envirothon competition, held at URI’s Gardner Crops Research Center. Rhode Island Envirothon (RIE) works to educate and develop knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated citizens who are willing and prepared to work towards achieving and maintaining a natural balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment. Each year in May, RIE holds a one-day, outdoor competition as the culmination of its year-long program of environmental study. Each competition is divided into five different segments: Aquatics, Forestry, Soils & Land Use, and Wildlife, plus a special Environmental Issue which changes annually. This year the special topic was “Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World.”
Senator Reed announced the winners of his 2019 High School Arts Competition. Cosponsored by the RI Art Education Association (RIAEA), the contest features artwork from students hailing from 23 high schools across the state.
This year’s winners were chosen by a panel of expert judges that included: David DePetrillo of the Providence Art Club; Marta Martínez of the RI Latino Arts Association; and Judy Salvadore of the Wickford Art Association.
Domingo Pablo Gutierrez, a senior from Mount Pleasant High School, won this year’s top prize with his work “Still Life,” completed with graphite and colored pencil. His work will be displayed in Senator Reed’s Washington, D.C. office for the next year.
Emma Naughton, a Lincoln High School senior, and Alaina Minarik, a North Kingstown High School sophomore, earned second and third place, respectively.
Senator Reed helped celebrate the 15th Anniversary of RI Jump$tart, an affiliate of the National JumpStart Coalition. RI Jump$tart is a coalition of Rhode Island organizations, businesses, educators, individuals and other stakeholders dedicated to improving the financial capability of the region’s residents, including under-served populations.
As summer boating season brings more traffic to the Bay, Senator Reed and the Narragansett Fire Department unveiled a new emergency response vessel that will enhance public safety on the water and assist with search and rescue, port security, and marine emergency situations.
Reed, a member of the Appropriations Committee, helped deliver over $380,000 in federal funding to help the Town of Narragansett acquire the new 31-foot fire, rescue, and CBRNE boat (CBRNE stands for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives; and is pronounced “sea-borne”) and provide training to utilize it.
Reed Helps Celebrate Phase One Completion of Quonochontaug Salt Marsh Restoration & Enhancement Project
Senator Reed joined the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) and community partners to celebrate the completion of the first phase of habitat restoration efforts at Quonochontaug Pond. Representatives from federal, state, and local partners, including NOAA Fisheries, the Town of Charlestown, Save the Bay, the Salt Ponds Coalition, and others were also in attendance. In 2017, Senator Reed, a member of the Appropriations Committee, led efforts to secure nearly $1 million through the NOAA coastal resilience grant program to restore thirty acres of degraded marsh in Quonochontaug Pond, which spans Charlestown and Westerly, as well as an adjacent area used for recreational fishing. The project builds on previous restoration efforts in the area, which were funded by a 2014 Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency award, also secured with help from Senator Reed.
Senator Reed visited two manufacturing companies: Goetz Composites in Bristol and a major engineering center for global manufacturer TPI Composites in Warren. From its headquarters in Bristol, Goetz Composites is a world leader in developing and supplying turn-key solutions for high-tech dynamic composite structures. Founded in 1968 and based in Scottsdale Arizona with locations worldwide, TIP Composites has providing composite wind blades since 2001 to advance clean energy initiatives that utilize wind power.
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