and Demonstration Projects
1985 and 1987
National Sea Grant Project
Nitrogen reduction systems treatment evaluations conducted over
a 5 year period.
Warwick Alternative System Deomonstration System Project
URI OWT Program, working under the auspices of a grant with RDEM,
RICRMC< EPA< RIAES< RIICA, and City of Warwick install six innovative
and alterative experimental systems. Performance of these systems
reported to RIDEM TRC for review and policy decisions.
Rhode Island Aqua Fund Alternative Demonstration System Project
URI OWT Program operating under a RI Aqua Fund grant with RIDEM,
RICRMS, EPA, RIAES, RIICA, and the communitites of Warwick, North
Kingstown, and Portsmouth install 12 alternative onsite wastewater
systems to demonstrate technologies to help protect Narragansett
Bay. Treatment performance of these systems reported to local and
national audiences and to RIDEM TRC to facilitate policy decisions.
National Onsite Wastewater Demonstration
System Project - Phase II
URI OWT Center working under the auspices of a grant with USEPA,
NSFC, RIDEM, RIAES, RIICA, and Towns of Charlestown and South Kingstown
to install seven innovative and alternative experimental systems
in the Green Hill Pond Watershed.
Green Hill Pond is a poorly flushed coastal lagoon, sensitive to
nitrogen inputs and closed to shellfishing due to high bacteria
Treatment and operational performance of these systems reported
to local through national audiences and to RIDEM TRC for review
and policy decisions.
EPA National Community Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Demonstration
Block Island and Green Hill Pond Watershed Project
Rhode Island Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO)
and URI OWT Center crafts a $3 million USEPA grant proposal for
the towns of Charlestown, Block Island and South Kingstown. Partners
included RIDEM, RIAES, RIICA, and RICRMC. Overall goal of this
project is to help these three Rhode Island communities to develop
and expand their wastewater management programs, and to use their
success to help illustrate how other communities throughout the
US can achieve the same goals.
Glocester, RI Onsite Wastewater Demonstration Project
This onsite wastewater demonstration project was funded by USEPA
Section 319 Clean Water Act Funds administered by RIDEM. URI OWT
Center and RI NEMO worked with RIDEM, RIAES, and RIICA partners
to install two individual and four small community alternative
demonstration systems to replaced failed systems in Chepachet Village.
Performance of these systems reported to local through national
audiences and to RIDEM TRC for review and policy decisions.
2002 – 2003
USEPA - Block Island and Green Hill Pond Watershed Project
URI OWT Center working with USEPA, RIDEM, RIAES, RIICA, RICRMC,
and Towns of Charlestown, Block Island and South Kingstown install
25 alternative onsite wastewater demonstration systems to replace
failed septic systems under the auspices of the USEPA Block Island
and Green Hill Pond Watershed Project. Performance of these systems
reported to local through national audiences and to RIDEM TRC for
review and policy decisions.
NOAA Research Project
Evaluation of leachfield aeration technology for improvement of
water quality and hydraulic functions in onsite wastewater treatment
This 2-year NOAA-Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine
Environmental Technology (CICEET) research project is being conducted
under the leadership of Principal Investigator Professor Jose’ Amador
at URI CELS Laboratory of Soil Ecology and Microbiology. NEOWT
Program staff (David Kalen, Holly Meehan and George Loomis, co-investigators
supporting this research) assisted in identifying and evaluating
research sites, obtaining state permits, negotiating conditions
with project stakeholders, troubleshooting and on-site instrumentation.