FRIDAY MAY 18, 2018
9:00 AM
Riverside Park
65 Aleppo Street
Nature based stormwater solutions, or green infrastructure, infiltrate and remove pollutants from stormwater runoff. These practices also provide communities with wildlife habitat, cooling and flood mitigation.

The Olneyville neighborhood green infrastructure tour begins at 9 AM
on Friday May 18 in Riverside Park in Providence, rain or shine. To register please email or
call Greg at 401-621-8048
at the Environment Council of Rhode Island.

In conjunction with a variety of local and coalition partners, the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC) has been implementing nature based solutions for stormwater management in the Olneyville neighborhood. To showcase the variety of green infrastructure practices, the WRWC has created a walking tour, complete with explanatory signs, that showcases a green roof, rain gardens and bioswales at Riverside Park and the adjacent neighborhood. This tour will be led by WRWC Executive Director Alicia Lehrer, supported by a several other members of the Green Infrastructure Coalition.

As storms increase in intensity and rainfall, it becomes more important that our communities develop low cost ways to improve our resilience in the face of these storms. We are inviting public officials and interested members of our communities to take this tour so that they can see practical solutions for problems that otherwise will become more dangerous over the next decades. Tour participants will see a variety of techniques that can be adapted to specific challenges, and will be encouraged to think about which particular solutions might work in their neighborhoods.

See you on May 18!

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.

RI-GIC Website