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Water Protection Workshop Series
in this series can be scheduled at any time by request. Please
follow the link above for more information.
RI NEMO offers technical support by request. Please follow the link above for
Water Protection Workshops
for Local Officials
and RI NEMO are offering the following programs for those who
make land-use decisions, including municipal staff and council,
board members, and commission members. The workshops focus on
managing watersheds and aquifer recharge areas to protect drinking
water supplies and other critical water resources. All workshops
are free of charge, with support by the RI HEALTH Capacity Development
Changing Land Use Affects Water Quality
This workshop addresses how changing land use affects water flow and increases
pollution risk. It focuses on indicators such as impervious cover, shoreline
buffers and nutrient loading, and it provides a brief overview of management
practices that can be incorporated into regulations. The workshop can be customized
using local source water assessment results.
minutes if scheduled during a regular meeting and focusing on
1 ½ hours to more fully address local SWAP (Source Water Assessment
Program) recommendations and management practices.
Local Actions Can Protect Water Quality
Are your land use ordinances protecting future water quality as your community
grows? This workshop describes current practices for controlling development
impacts and discusses how to incorporate these into local zoning and land development
standards. The workshop emphasizes the need for town action beyond state minimum
standards, and it offers questions to ask in project review. The workshop can
be customized to address topics of local interest. Follow up assistance also
may be available to support the adoption of updated water resource protection
Length: 1 ½ hours
but flexible depending upon topics selected.
Computer Generated Maps in Project Review
You don’t need to be a computer whiz to take advantage of Geographic
Information System (GIS) maps in local planning and project review. This workshop
describes how to use readily available GIS maps or create your own using internet
resources. It provides step-by-step directions so boards or developers can
evaluate site suitability and visualize potential impacts in early project
review, emphasizing site context. Hands-on practice in using the RIDEM internet
map server is available by request, in cooperation with Paul Jordan, RIDEM.
introduction to GIS only, or complete 2-hour session about project
Do I Schedule a Drinking Water Workshop?
workshops are scheduled by request, for one or more communities,
with the program customized to the community. "Host" communities
are expected to help organize the meeting and promote
schedule a workshop in your community contact: Lorraine
Joubert at 874-2138 or firstname.lastname@example.org
support to municipalities is available from RI NEMO. Examples
of previous technical support offered include: guidance writing
ordinances, attending Planning or Zoning Board meetings, and
discussing threats to local water resources. Contact Lorraine
Joubert for additional information (401-874-2138 or email@example.com).
to URI Coastal Institute,
Water Quality Program offices are located on URI's Kingston Campus
in the Coastal Institute Building.
the north, take I-95 South to Exit 9 (Route 4 South),
follow Route 4 to Route 1 South. Stay on Route 1 at the intersection
with Route 138 West. Follow Route 138 West to the University.
the south, take I-95 North to Exit 3A (Route 138 East).
Continue east on Route 138 to the University.
Newport, follow Route 138 West over the Newport and
Jamestown bridges to its intersection with Route 1. Follow
Route 1 South to where Route 138 West diverges. Follow Route
138 West to the University.
Kingston Campus Map
to URI Coastal Institute,
Narragansett Bay Campus
Narragansett Bay Campus Map, including directions to the campus