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Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Year 2000-2001 Work Plan and PPA/PPG

Introduction

DEM is changing its way of doing business by developing an integrated two-year Work Plan for the entire Department.

The Work Plan, in its entirety, consists of individual, detailed work plans for each Bureau and Division within the Department. In addition, there are two Watershed work plans for DEM's two pilot watersheds: the South County Watershed Region and the Woonasquatucket River, and one for the Narragansett Bay Estuarine Research Reserve. All of the individual work plans are accessible from the Work Plan page of the Department's web site.

Highlights of the Work Plan are provided in the PowerPoint® slide show, which was used during public forums to present key aspects of the Plan.

An overview of the entire Work Plan is given in the Executive Summary. This document summarizes and presents the information in the Work Plan under seven broad policy themes, or goals. This organization reflects DEM's ongoing commitment to its mission, and the strategic directions the Department needs to take in response to environmental conditions and public concerns.

The Performance Partnership Agreement (PPA) with the Environmental Protection Agency was signed on January 6, 2000. It is the fourth Performance Partnership Agreement for Rhode Island, but is the first two-year agreement for us, with a single grant rather than many grants to individual programs supported by EPA.

The PPA is a flexible grant organized around broad goals with related environmental indicators, clear objectives, and meaningful performance measures. It covers DEM's air, pesticides, pollution prevention, waste, and water programs.

This PPA integrates major elements of DEM's Workplan, and includes a companion EPA workplan for Rhode Island. This marks the first instance under the National Environmental Performance Partnership System of a work plan from an EPA Region incorporated into a state PPA.

The documents have been revised since first being posted on October 8, 1999 for public comment. They are still, in many ways, far from perfect. Although they have been "finalized" and are being implemented, there will be revisions before the end of the effective period.

The Department welcomes comments. Please contact Eileen Marino, of DEM's Office of Strategic Planning and Policy, with any questions or comments.

Thank you for your interest.


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