Water is the lifeblood of Aquidneck Island – residents and visitors value clean coastal waters for swimming, sailing and fishing, and rely on surface reservoirs for safe, plentiful drinking water. The Island’s fresh and salt waters are closely interconnected, and all are vulnerable to pollution from stormwater runoff and other impacts of human development.
Recognizing the need for Island communities to work together on water quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded $1 million to create Island Waters, a new partnership to preserve and restore clean water on Aquidneck Island.
Join us on December 8th for a public forum on clean water, hosted by the Island Waters partnership of local organizations and Island municipalities. We’ll provide an overview of Aquidneck Island’s waters and watersheds; describe new and ongoing efforts to reduce water pollution; and present information to help all Aquidneck Islanders ensure the future of clean water.
When: Thursday, December 8th, 6:00-8:00pm
Where: CCRI Auditorium, 1 John Chafee Blvd, Newport
Cost: Free with registration (below), but seating is limited
Island Waters Partners: AIPC; Clean Ocean Access; Aquidneck Land Trust; Eastern RI Conservation District; City of Newport; Towns of Middletown and Portsmouth, R.I.; RI Dept. of Environmental Management, RI Green Infrastructure Coalition