Volunteer places marker on the curb next to the storm drain. (Photo Credit: Save the Bay)

Save the Bay’s Volunteer Program Implements Storm Drain Markings across Rhode Island

Storm events in Rhode Island can lead to billions of gallons of stormwater flowing into rivers, tributaries, and Narragansett Bay. While the rain from these storms is not inherently problematic, the stormwater collects debris and materials along its journey including litter, fertilizers, and bacteria from animal and pet waste. These challenges are exacerbated when humans use storm drains to dispose of items such as litter, pet waste, oil, paint, or other hazardous materials. This polluted stormwater makes its way to storm drains, damages the underground stormwater infrastructure, and eventually empties into our waterways.

To address the ongoing challenges that storm drain pollution can have on the environment, SNEP Network Partner, Save The Bay, runs a volunteer program that focuses on marking storm drains to raise awareness of their functionality and importance to clean and healthy watersheds. 

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Portsmouth Concludes Innovative Resilience Planning Project Prioritizing Needed Infrastructure Improvements

Last month, the Town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island officially wrapped up a yearlong technical assistance project with the SNEP Network. After a series of multiple assessments and planning exercises with the town, the team developed a climate resilience planning and financing strategy report. Read the full article about the project written by project lead and SNEP Network partner, Throwe Environmental. 
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The Canoe River Aquifer Pilot Project: Prioritized project lists now available!
The Canoe River Aquifer project team narrowed down a list of over 200 localized projects to a smaller list of prioritized projects to help advocate for implementation funding. Based on public input and working with individual towns to understand their priorities to address roadway and property flooding, habitat restoration, and water quality, and other climate impacts, these hundreds of projects identified during the MVP program have been narrowed down to 16 clusters of projects. 
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The University of Rhode Island’s MPA Program Completes “Financing Climate Resilience, Stormwater Management, and Green Infrastructure in Rhode Island” Report
The University of Rhode Island’s MPA Program, a SNEP Network Partner, completed a financing study which involved interviews with over 40+public, nonprofit, and private stakeholders that are part of the green infrastructure, stormwater management, and climate resilience network in Rhode Island. The report looked at the challenges and benefits of stormwater/climate resilience financing and describes a variety of financing mechanisms available to communities. 
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Upcoming Events

The NE Stormwater Retrofit Manual: Upgrading the Performance of your Stormwater Management System for Better Watershed Health
Hosted by EPA’s Soak up the Rain New England Webinar Series
July 26, 2022 | 1:30pm | Online Webinar 

Event Description:
Retrofit stormwater control measures (SCMs) can minimize the impacts of existing development at sites that either lack stormwater controls or have insufficient controls in place. The recent Stormwater Retrofit Guidance Manual from the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center and VHB provides research-based guidance and techniques for planning, siting, and designing retrofit SCMs to manage stormwater in existing or reconstructed development situations where regulatory requirements do not dictate specifications. This manual explains how to make improvements on sites that do not fit within a current regulatory framework with the goal of improving water quality. The Stormwater Retrofit Guidance Manual was developed with financial support from the Southeast New England Program (SNEP) Network and technical support from other SNEP Network partners, state agencies, and EPA Region 1.

About the SNEP Network 
The Southeast New England Program Network is a collaborative group of 16 partner organizations with expertise in financing and stormwater/watershed management practices. The SNEP Network provides free training and assistance to municipalities, organizations, and tribes in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.

The SNEP Network, a project of the New England Environmental Finance Center, is funded by the USA EPA through its Southeast New England Program.
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