Mar 25, 2020

Rhode Island Grants to Improve Water Quality & Reduce Flooding

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) awarded $569,500 in matching grants for three projects

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The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) awarded $569,500 in matching grants for three projects to mitigate water pollution from storm water. 

The projects also will manage pollution from nonpoint sources and reduce flooding, reported Portsmouth Press. The grants are federally funded from the US EPA, under the Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution program.

“Clean water depends on people, communities, and businesses putting the best scientific, technological, and engineering advances into practice,” said DEM Director Janet Coit. “The grants that we’re awarding to Bristol, Narragansett, and Portsmouth exemplify best management practices and we are excited to see how these community projects will help prevent or reduce the scourge of nonpoint source pollution.”

The first project is the Bristol Police Station Storm Water Improvement Project, which affects Bristol Harbor and cost a total of $223,000. The grant awarded is for $133,800.

The Town of Bristol will complete planning and construct several storm water treatment best management practices (BMPs) on the Bristol Police Station property including: two bioretention areas; two tree filters; and an extended detention basin that will direct outflow to the adjacent woods. 

The project aims to improve water quality by infiltrating storm water and reducing downstream flooding at Tanyard Reservoir, where DEM also is supporting construction of a separate habitat restoration project, reported the Portsmouth Press.

The next project, Narrow River Storm Water BMP Installation in Indian Trail Neighborhood, was awarded $400,000 and the total project cost was $1,239,384.

The Town of Narragansett will conduct a project for Narrow River to treat storm water for nitrogen and bacteria in the Narrow River watershed. Storm water will be directed through subsurface infiltration chambers located under streets in the Indian Trail neighborhood. Two tree filters will be installed to collect additional flow.

The Septic System Replacement at Portsmouth Public Works Garage is the final project, which cost $59,500 in total and grant award of $35,700.

This project affects East Passage of Narragansett Bay. The Town of Portsmouth will replace an undocumented and failing septic system at the Portsmouth Public Works Garage. The current system has required pumping three times in the past 14 months, according to Portsmouth Press.

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