What are RI Towns Doing?
Block Island
South Kingstown

The BIGHP Project

RIWIS (Rhode Island Wastewater Information System)

Onsite Systems Basics
Onsite treatment systems
Property owner's guide

Wastewater Manager's Toolkit
Creating a management plan
Drafting an ordinance
Developing treatment standards
Funding and staffing a program
Getting the message out
Tracking inspections
Achieving results

Onsite System Research and Assessment
Demonstration systems
Soil suitability
Using GIS for evaluation
Water quality monitoring

Training and technical support

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Block Island / Green Hill Pond Watershed Wastewater Demonstration Project

A community effort to protect, recycle, and sustain local water resources.

The goal of the Block Island/Green Hill Pond (BIGHP) Project was to establish comprehensive local wastewater management programs in the three participating communities, using a watershed approach and selective use of advanced treatment systems in high risk areas to protect critical groundwater supplies and sensitive coastal waters. The project was a joint effort by the towns of New Shoreham (Block Island), South Kingstown, and Charlestown, in partnership with URI Cooperative Extension Water Quality Program.
The project was a success, and it resulted in a collection of resources that can assist the development of other wastewater management programs. Some of those resources include sample wastewater management plans, ordinances, educational materials, and technical resources for the use of advanced systems.

To access these resources, please visit our Wastewater Management Toolkit.

Click on the links below to learn more about the BIGHP!

Summary of Accomplishments

Final Project Team

Importance of the Project

Scope of Work

Work Plans


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