Polluted stormwater runoff is unhealthy for our communities on Aquidneck Island. We have a solution and we are very happy to invite our partners on Aquidneck Island to join our efforts to improve drinking water and the waters of our Narragansett Bay. We want the Aquidneck Island Community to plant rain gardens, use rain barrels, create pervious surfaces, and find other ways to soak up the rain to protect drinking water and restore clean water in our local bays, neighborhood streams, and estuaries.

With the generous support of the van Beuren Foundation, The Green Infrastructure Coalition is offering homeowner grants on Aquidneck Island this year to make improvements to your property that will soak up the rain and “soften” the urban hard structures. At the same time you will provide climate-change resilience, shade, oxygen, air-quality improvement; and infiltrate storm water into the ground. And most significantly, these measures will improve drinking water.

Source: Aquidneck Island Land Trust: Aquidneck Island Drinking water supplies

We reaching out to our neighbors in Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth across the Aquidneck Island watershed to join our campaign. This as an opportunity to improve your neighborhood, increase your property values and make a positive impact on their your environment and the water quality of the Bay.

Support for installing rain barrels, rain gardens and permeable pavement are just some of the projects that are being funded in this residential program. You can manage runoff and add color and character to your property at the same time.

How can I participate in this residential stormwater management program?

It’s very easy!

Step 1: Take our simple on-line survey. ( By completing the survey, the Rhode Island Green Infrastructure Coalition will learn about your interest in managing stormwater runoff on your property.

Step 2: Invite us to visit your property so we can talk about the possible improvements the can be made. This program is completely voluntary and non-regulatory.

Step 3: Apply for a grant to get started this Spring on managing pollution that maybe running into our drinking water and the Narragansett Bay. Grants can be used to install rain barrels, plant rain gardens and together we can begin to soak up the rain and make a difference in our communities.

Green infrastructure solutions create a clean, healthy community. Join us and and be part of the solution for clean water.

Sara Churgin is the Director of the East Bay Conservation District for the State of Rhode Island.
Nature At Work is a newsletter designed and distributed by the Rhode Island Green Infrastructure Coalition to bring more green space news to our cities and encourage the use of nature to clean, protect, and cool our neighborhoods. Because of climate change, we are seeing increased heat impacts in our city, especially where there are fewer trees, as well as issues with flooding and polluted runoff in our neighborhoods.

The Green Infrastructure Coalition is a collaborative of more than 40 non-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies focused on using nature to reduce stormwater pollution. We develop projects to demonstrate the powerful role nature can play to create healthier urban environments. We promote policies to create sustainable funding for stormwater management and green infrastructure solutions. And we connect a wide range of partners to share lessons learned in the Providence Metro area and Aquidneck Island.

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