R 417
2019 -- S 1020
Enacted 06/27/2019

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senator V. Susan Sosnowski
Date Introduced: June 26, 2019

     WHEREAS, According to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 annual rankings,
released in May, Rhode Island ranked first in the nation for air and water quality, and is the top
state for natural environment; and
     WHEREAS, In order to determine the best and worst states, various rankings based on 80
metrics, including economy, infrastructure, public safety, fiscal stability, and opportunities for
residents, are measured and determined. The rankings also factor in healthcare, education, crime
and corrections, and the natural environment; and
     WHEREAS, Among the measures used to evaluate states' natural environments were
drinking water quality, urban air quality and total toxic chemical pollution per square mile; and
     WHEREAS, Rhode Island's policymakers have enacted legislation and implemented
numerous regulations over the past decade to ensure a safe relationship between the people of the
State and the State's environment; and
     WHEREAS, These laws and regulations have not only helped preserve the state's natural
resources, but have also protected the public from harmful toxins and resulting health concerns;
     WHEREAS, The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM)
serves as the chief steward of the state’s natural resources and has diligently worked with myriad
partners including the Coastal Resources Management Council, the Audubon Society of Rhode
Island, and the Narragansett Bay Commission, to restore the state's lands and waters, to conserve
wildlife and marine resources, and to monitor environmental quality in order to build healthy,
more resilient communities; and
     WHEREAS, Rhode Island's Congressional Delegation has been tireless in their advocacy
for key programs in support of air, land and water conservation including, working to safeguard
the Land and Water Conservation Fund, bringing tens of millions of dollars in federal funding for
Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, spearheading efforts to pass the
American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act, a federal law that would impose fees on carbon and
greenhouse gas emissions, and creating the Blackstone Valley National Historic Park, to name
but a few; and
     WHEREAS, For the past four decades the Rhode Island General Assembly has passed
and Governors have signed countless bills designed to protect the Ocean State’s natural resources
and have supported and approved legislation for open space and clean water bonds. In addition,
Rhode Island was one of the 18 states that supported the Clean Power Plan that would implement
an EPA-approved plan to reduce air pollutants from industrial facilities such as chemical plants
and utilities, and has passed legislation earning Rhode Island the distinction of being a national
leader in both renewable energy and energy efficiency; and
     WHEREAS, Rhode Island's joint efforts to safeguard the state's natural environment have
brought about accountability, meaningful action, and laudatory results; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation
hereby celebrates Rhode Island's No.1 ranking for the best natural environment in 2019 by the
U.S. News & World Report; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Director of the Rhode Island Department of
Environmental Management, the Coastal Resources Management Council, the Audubon Society
of Rhode Island, the Narragansett Bay Commission, and the Rhode Island Congressional