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Financial Assistance: Nonpoint Source Funding

DEM Office of Water Resources Nonpoint Source Program is happy to announce the selection of three projects to be funded from the 2019 Nonpoint Source Implementation Grants Request for Proposals. Projects are funded by a grant to RIDEM from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.

Town of Narragansett – Narrow River Stormwater BMP Installation: Indian Trail Neighborhood
Grant: $400,000 | Match: $839,384 | Affected Waterbody: Narrow River
This project is to infiltrate stormwater in the Indian Trail neighborhood in subsurface infiltration chambers under the streets, similar to a prior project funded by Section 319 in the Edgewood and Pettaquamscutt neighborhoods. Two tree filters will be installed to collect additional stormwater flow that cannot be collected in these subsurface chambers. This project will treat stormwater for both nitrogen and bacteria in the Narrow River watershed.

Town of Portsmouth – Septic System Replacement at Portsmouth Public Works Garage
Grant: $35,700 | Match: $23,800 | Affected Waterbody: East Passage
This project is to replace an undocumented and failing septic system at the Portsmouth Public Works Garage. The current system has needed pumping 3 times in the last 14 months. The current system will be replaced with an updated system.

Town of Bristol – Bristol Police Station Stormwater Improvement Project
Grant: $133,800 | Match: $89,200 (+ in-kind) | Affected Waterbody: Tanyard Brook/Bristol Harbor
This project is to complete planning and construct several stormwater treatment BMPs on the site of the town’s Police Station. The BMPs will include 2 bioretention areas, 2 tree filters and an extended detention basin that will direct outflow to the adjacent woods. By infiltrating stormwater, water quality will be improved, and stormwater flow downstream will be reduced at Tanyard Reservoir, where RIDEM is constructing BMPs as part of a project from a prior year funded by both BWRF flood sub-fund grant and Section 319 grant funds for habitat restoration.


For information or questions, please contact:

Betsy Dake, Senior Environmental Scientist
401-222-4700 ext. 7230 or

Ernie Panciera, Supervising Environmental Scientist
401-222-4700 ext. 7603 or