Visualizing Stormwater Infrastructure

A Digital Walking Tour at Roger Williams Park

Photo credit: Providence Stormwater Innovation Center/

In collaboration with the Providence Stormwater Innovation Center (PSIC), DWELL Lab is developing an augmented reality (AR) walking tour to highlight the center’s work with urban stormwater infrastructure. The tour will take place along the 1.25 mile loop around Roosevelt Lake in Roger Williams Park (RWP) in Providence.

Note: this project is in its early stages. We will post updates to the project collaborators and overview in early Summer 2023.

Plagued by poor water quality and eutrophication, many of the water bodies at RWP are remediated by PSIC’s stormwater best management practices, or BMPs. In fact, there are 35 structural and non-structural stormwater BMPs installed in Roger Williams Park, at least five of which are installed at Roosevelt Lake. The paved path along Roosevelt Lake is ADA-accessible and open to the public.

Project Collaborators

FacultyMadison Jones (WRT & NRS)
Community PartnersRyan Kopp and Rebecca Reeves (Providence Stormwater Innovation Initiative) José R Menéndez López (Assistant Professor, Northeastern)
Graduate StudentsJoseph Ahart (MESM ’24); Ally Overbay (MESM ’24)
We are actively seeking additional collaborators from across the Providence and URI communities to help us layer additional types of content from a diverse range of perspectives and disciplines. If you would like to learn more about how you might contribute to the project, please contact Madison Jones (

Project Snapshot

Phase I: DiscoveryPhase II: Prototyping & Infrastructure Phase III: Production & Publication
DescriptionFeasibility study; cocreation workshops with community partners; initial mapping and content development; securing funding for project phases.User testing; creating additional content; (website, video, and augmented reality); imaging and digital production; usability report; user testing; securing additional funding.Public promotion; present analysis; finalize project content; develop, market, and distribute; publish findings; create sustainable publishing model for future work.
Start DateJanuary 2023January 2024July 2024
CompleteJanuary 2024July 2024TBA
FundingCatalyst Grant, URI Costal InstituteTBATBA

Because of its proximity to stormwater BMPs and its ADA-accessible walking trail, Roosevelt Lake is the focus of the AR walking tour. The tour will include multiple AR objects, including renderings of structural stormwater BMPS—one of which is linked below as a QR code. An updated list of proposed Points of Interest (POIs) and route may be found on the project’s shared Google MyMap.

pinpoint on a map indicating position
Visit the project’s Google MyMap for an updated overview of the tour (in progress).

This walking tour will not only celebrate PSIC’s work, but also inform the public about stormwater BMPs and serve as an educational tool for Roger Williams Park staff.

Funding Acknowledgement

Costal Institute Logo
The collaborators are grateful to the Costal Institute at the University of Rhode Island for supporting this project.

The initial phase of this project is made possible in part by the generous support of the URI Coastal Institute’s 2023 Catalyst Grant. We are grateful for the support of the Costal Institute and the collaborative support of the Providence Stormwater Innovation Center.

QR Code that links to an AR experience
In this augmented reality experience, you will see a 3D model of one of the stormwater BMP sites at Roger Williams Park. When you click on the landscape/model, a flooding effect will occur, demonstrating how the site mitigates stormwater runoff.

To access a sample augmentation of the project:

1. Scan the following QR code with your smart device’s camera (or click the following link from your mobile device:

2. You will be prompted to download and install Adobe Aero (if you do not already have the app)

3. The augmentation should automatically load after installation (you may have to rescan the QR code [or click the link] again once you install the app)