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Audubon Society of Rhode Island Eagle Eye Advocacy Update Environmental News Call to Action Smith Hill

December 2019

The monthly Audubon Eagle Eye Advocacy Updates will provide you with simple actions you can take to help foster a cleaner, healthier planet along with local and national environmental news. Advocacy to protect birds and wildlife is a top Audubon priority and this work goes beyond testifying on their behalf on Smith Hill. Year round, we are working with our community partners and Rhode Island leaders to ensure the environment is a priority. These updates will keep you informed and ready to take action when the legislative session is upon us. As the newsletter continues, we are very interested in your suggestions and questions. Please send them to Audubon Senior Director of Policy Meg Kerr at

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 Action  You Can Take This Month

  1. Tire Cool Down. Proper inflation should be checked when the tires have not been driven on for several hours and have had time to cool down.
  2. Vehicle Manufacturer’s Recommended Tire Pressure. Check the manufacturer's recommended tire pressure on the door placard.
  3. Check Tire Pressure. Check pressure with an accurate tire pressure gauge.
  4. Inflate to Recommended PSI. Fill each tire with air to the recommended PSI.

Ideas from our Readers

Send us your favorite strategies for protecting birds and wildlife by living more sustainably. We will include your suggestions in upcoming Eagle Eye editions. Email your ideas to Meg Kerr,

PFAS movie: Dark Waters

Climate Change – National Wildlife Federation’s Unnatural Disasters Story Map

National Issues - Preparing for Floods

A recent article in the New York Times entitled “As Climate Risks Grow, Cities Test a Tough Strategy, Saying ‘No’ to Developers,” described how officials in Virginia Beach, Virginia rejected a development proposal in a flood prone section of their city.  These types of actions are politically very difficult, but increasingly necessary as tidal and inland flooding increasingly impact local communities.

In November, the Pew Charitable Trusts released a research report entitled "Mitigation Matters,” that highlights 13 states or cities that have adopted policies to reduce flood risk.  The report describes policies that: 1) use existing funds for mitigating flood risk by redirecting revenue and spending, 2) create new revenue sources and 3) establish smarter regulations.

Pew summarizes the lessons learned from this research:

Audubon has a long-standing commitment to nature-based solutions for managing stormwater and flooding. This work received a big boost recently with a grant from the Restore America’s Estuaries Southeast New England Program (SNEP) to work with the City of Providence and the Green Infrastructure Coalition to create a stormwater innovation center at Roger Williams Park. Updates on this work will be featured in future editions of the Eagle Eye.

Previous Issues of The Audubon Eagle Eye

In this Issue: Audubon’s Legislative Progress in 2021 and 2022 Emerging Priorities, Land and Water Summit Update, The Need To Act On Climate, Audubon in the News, and more! sign up to receive the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.

In this Issue: Water Conservation; Offshore wind takes a bold step forward; At the Rhode Island State House (Act On Climate, Climate Literacy Act, Regulating Neonicotinoid Pesticides, The Forest Conservation Act, 100% Renewable Electricity by 2030; and other legislation we're following) sign up to receive the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.

In this Issue: Let's Talk About Trees!; Good News for the Migratory Bird Act!; At the Rhode Island State House (Act On Climate, Regulating Neonicotinoid Pesticides, The Forest Conservation Act, Solar Siting: Closing the 10 MW loophole, and The Climate Literacy Act.) sign up to receive the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.

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