A groundwater tracking drone is used by the University of Rhode Island researchers to monitor salt ponds. Leaking septic systems, damaged underground infrastructure, excessive fertilizer use, and other land uses can contaminate groundwater. However where that water and the contaminants end up if the million-dollar question. URI researchers have now turned to drones to help answer it.
Drones could be used to monitor beaches in Newport, RI. Newport City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson, Junior is considering using drones to monitor mask-wearing and social-distancing on city beaches in the Atlantic coastal town.