Reed announces $1.2M in federal funding for Rhode Island ahead of Earth Day

Sen. Jack Redd (left) is seen with Providence Brett Smiley and Woonasquatucket River Watershed iver Rangers. (Sen. Jack Reed)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Sen. Jack Reed and Providence Mayor Brett Smiley on Friday promoted the importance of community cleanup ahead of Earth Day.

They joined environmental experts starting at the Bath Street Pedestrian Bridge in Providence to discuss how they can clean up the city.

“I am grateful to the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council for the incredible work they do to make Providence a better place for all,” said Reed.

Reed announced $1.2 million in new federal funding for Rhode Island through the Urban and Community Forestry Program, allocated to the state under the Inflation Reduction Act.

“This new federal funding will help plant more trees in urban areas across the state, expanding tree cover and improving air quality, shade, and the aesthetic beauty of our natural landscape,” he said. “It will also help curb the impacts of climate change.”

Officials say planting new trees and taking care of the city’s greenery has economic, environmental, and public health benefits.

Rhode Islanders are encouraged to volunteer with local community cleanups to do their part in taking care of the Ocean State.

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