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Current Workshops

On-going Workshops

Previous Workshops

Current Workshops

There are no workshops currently offered. Please check back frequently for updates to our schedule.



On-going Workshops

Drinking Water Protection Workshop Series
Workshops in this series can be scheduled at any time by request. Please follow the link above for more information.

Technical Support
RI NEMO offers technical support by request. Please follow the link above for more information.

Drinking Water Protection Workshops
for Local Officials

RI HEALTH 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 Program.

How 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.

Length: 20 minutes if scheduled during a regular meeting and focusing on assessment results;
1 ½ hours to more fully address local SWAP (Source Water Assessment Program) recommendations and management practices.

How 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 measures.

Length: 1 ½ hours but flexible depending upon topics selected.

Using 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.

Length: 20-minute introduction to GIS only, or complete 2-hour session about project review.

How Do I Schedule a Drinking Water Workshop?

Municipal 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 local participation.

To schedule a workshop in your community contact: Lorraine Joubert at 874-2138 or ljoubert@uri.edu

Technical Support

Technical 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 ljoubert@uri.edu).

Directions to URI Coastal Institute,
Kingston Campus

The Water Quality Program offices are located on URI's Kingston Campus in the Coastal Institute Building.

From 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.

From the south, take I-95 North to Exit 3A (Route 138 East). Continue east on Route 138 to the University.

From 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.

URI Kingston Campus Map

Directions to URI Coastal Institute,
Narragansett Bay Campus

URI Narragansett Bay Campus Map, including directions to the campus


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