The Rhode Island Aqua Fund was established by voter referendum in 1988 to fund projects aimed at protecting and improving the water quality of Narragansett Bay. Legislation filed under RIGL 42-106 designated $15 million and a twenty-member Aqua Fund Council to advise the Director of DEM in granting funds within four categories including planning, project implementation, wastewater treatment and nonpoint source pollution. The Council is composed of environmental scientists, legislators, state agency officials, and representatives from the US Environmental Protection Agency, wastewater treatment facility operators, the League of Cities and Towns, commercial fishermen, local industry representatives, and the general public. Since the Fund's inception, the Council and RIDEM have awarded over $8.8 million in grants to cities and towns, the University of Rhode Island, Save The Bay, the Narragansett Bay Commission, Southern Rhode Island Conservation District, Brown University, and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.
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Aqua Fund Rules and Regulations