PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) invites the public to attend a public forum entitled, “The Future of Clean Water: The Island Waters Public Forum.”
The event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community College of Rhode Island, Newport campus, 1 John H. Chafee Boulevard, Newport. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended.
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.
The public forum on clean water, hosted by the Island Waters partnership of local organizations and island municipalities, will 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.
Keynote Address: Curt Spalding, Regional Director, EPA Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program and former director of Save the Bay
Overview: Island Waters: The Aquidneck Island Water Quality Initiative (Tom Ardito, AIPC)
Panel Presentations: Restoring Clean Water on Aquidneck Island: Current and New Initiatives [~10 min each]
- RIDEM Source Water Initiative (Elizabeth Scott)
- Newport Water: Improving Water Quality from Source to Tap (Julia Forgue)
- Storm Water Improvements & Financing in Middletown (Tom O’Loughlin)
- Portsmouth’s Waste Water Management District (Gary Crosby)
- Aquidneck Land Trust Watershed Conservation Plan (Chuck Allott, Aquidneck Land Trust)
- Easton’s Pond Monitoring: (Dave McLaughlin, Clean Ocean Access)
- SOAK outreach program (Sara Churgin, Eastern RI Conservation District)
Island Solutions: What You Can Do: (Dave McLaughlin)
Community Discussion: The Future of Clean Water
Island Waters Partners: Aquidneck Island Planning Commission; 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, U.S. EPA Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program
Smart Island Series Forum Sponsors: Aquidneck Island Planning Commission; Newport Daily News; van Beuren Charitable Foundation; Rhode Island Foundation.