Description: Nitrogen is a groundwater contaminant and nutrient responsible for unhealthy growth of algae in our coastal waters. This program provides an overview of the problem in RI and nitrogen transformations in conventional and alternative systems. It describes types of State-approved systems to reduce harmful forms of nitrogen, regulatory requirements, and methods to maximize nitrogen removal through pro-active system monitoring and maintenance.
Description: In recent years major revisions to State regulations have changed the buffer and setback requirements for onsite wastewater treatment systems. This workshop brought together top state regulators to summarize current RIDEM OWTS rules, RIDEM freshwater wetland setback requirements, and CRMC coastal features setback and buffer requirements. Leading wetland scientists reviewed the latest research on the need for wetland buffers, based on soils, wildlife and water quality benefits.
Description: We discussed and modeled lesson plans designed to target Grade Span Expectations in Earth and Space Science related to the water cycle, watersheds and how water interacts with the Earth as well as GSEs in Civics and Government. The workshop presented and demonstrated the EnviroScape® Watershed/Nonpoint Source Pollution model, available for loan, to be used with elementary through high school students in classroom and outdoor settings. A variety of other non-model based lessons, projects and activities were also be available.
Description: The RI DEM provided MS4 permittees a no cost, easy to use, software application to manage the many aspects of the Phase II RIPDES Stormwater Program. It is called ASIST. Anyone responsible for an MS4 permit was be authorized to download this product and use the planning and stormwater asset management tools to document your program’s activities. John May, a representative from ASIST headquarters provided an overview of the product and demonstrated how it has benefited over 1200 users across the country. Participants were able to sign up for a no cost download of the product and select a full day training session after the demo.
Description:This meeting with watershed education and outreach organizations centered upon a brainstorming session in which methods to integrate stormwater education into the science curriculum of Rhode Island schools were discussed. River councils, environmental organizations and other groups involved in environmental education and advocacy were encouraged to participate.
Final Agenda (PDF) List of Attendees (PDF) Meeting Notes (PDF)
This informational session was held on two different dates in two different locations to accommodate both northern and southern Rhode Island residents.
Description: These informational sessions provided a review of the changes to the manual, since the initial draft was first presented last June, and, more importantly, allowed for feedback and discussion with the public. The revised manual contains many substantive revisions based on comments and further technical considerations, as well as several additions including detailed design examples.
Informational Session #1 Date: May 26, 2010 Location: Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick Campus, Room 4080
Date: Friday April 9, 2010Workshop Description: This informational meeting with municipalities and other MS4s will review the Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination and Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping elements of the draft MS4 General Phase II permit for 2010-2015. River councils, environmental organizations and other groups involved in environmental education and advocacy are encouraged to participate.
Workshop Description: Please join us in a review of our key findings and recommendations. This will examine factors influencing zoning board and council decisions and the rationale of state courts in making appeal findings. We will briefly summarize scientific justification for protection of wetlands and hydric soils based on current research. There will be ample time for discussion of strategies to strengthen local wetland decisions. Your input will help us finalize results as a guide for local officials who update wetland ordinances and review land development applications.
Workshop Description: This informational meeting with municipalities and other MS4s will review the Public Education and Involvement elements of the draft MS4 General Phase II permit for 2010-2015. River councils, environmental organizations and other groups involved in environmental education and advocacy are encouraged to participate.
Presentations: Making It Easier For You: The Statewide Approach (PDF) Public Education and Outreach / Public Involvement Overview (PDF)
Materials: Statewide Stormwater Education & Involvement Proposed Strategy 2010-2015(PDF) The Overview of What We Can Offer: URI Assistance for Education and Outreach(PDF) Summary of Survey Results(PDF) List of Attendees (PDF)