Warwick, Cranston residents protest industrial development on Pawtuxet River

This is a photo of the Pawtuxet River. (WLNE)

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — Hundreds of Warwick and Cranston residents signed an open letter to the Warwick Planning Board about a proposed industrial development on the Pawtuxet River.

Over 500 residents signed in agreement that the board should deny approval to the proposed 65,000 square foot industrial development at 175 Post Rd.

Residents believe the city of Warwick should protect the Pawtuxet River, as it is enshrined in city laws.

According to a spokesperson for Pawtuxet Green Revival, Article IV of the Code of Ordinances, “Pawtuxet River Protection,” states “it is hereby declared to be the policy of the city to provide for the preservation of the Pawtuxet River… and to protect wildlife and preserve the natural beauty of the river and its banks for the health, safety and general welfare of the people of the city.”

It also states “[i]t is the purpose of this article to… [p]rotect the environment, especially the Pawtuxet River and its environs, from the effects of improper or illegal disposal of waste…”

Additionally, city policy makers are supposed to reject developments that threaten the health of the Pawtuxet River through the Warwick Comprehensive Plan.

The spokesperson said the application seeks to store harmful chemicals and oil on the banks of the river, explaining that it would likely lead to improper disposal of waste.

Anyone interested in signing the petition can do so here.

Categories: News