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Hurricane Sandy Information

RI Emergency Management Agency's Hurricane Sandy Webpage

DEM Offers Guidance for Repair of Damaged Septic Systems Due to Hurricane Sandy
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, DEM is offering guidance to property owners who need to repair or replace onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) that are located in close proximity to eroding shorelines. (More info)

Newport, Washington County Residents Can Register For Federal Assistance
The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) announces that Rhode Islanders who live in Newport or Washington Counties and sustained damages or losses from Hurricane Sandy can now register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to determine eligibility for assistance. (More info)

DEM Announces Re-Opening of Potters Pond and the Fort Neck Pond Area of Ninigret Pond to Shellfishing at Sunrise on Wednesday, November 7
DEM announces that the following shellfishing areas were reopened to harvesting at sunrise on November 7: all approved waters of Potters Pond in South Kingstown and approved waters within the portion of Ninigret Pond in Charlestown known as Fort Neck Pond. The decision to re-open these Ponds is based upon the test results received yesterday from samples collected on Monday. (More info)

DEM Announces Re-Opening of Quonochontaug Pond, Portions of Ninigret Pond and Portions of Winnapaug Pond to Shellfishing at Sunrise Tuesday, November 6
DEM announces the re-opening of the following shellfish harvest areas beginning at sunrise on Tuesday, November 6: all approved waters of Quonochontaug Pond in Charlestown and Westerly; all approved waters of Winnapaug Pond in Westerly, east of a line from the dock at the western end of Harbor Drive to the eastern most corner of the Water Wizz slide tower; and all approved waters of Ninigret Pond in Charlestown, except for waters of Fort Neck Pond north of a line from the southern end of Marsh Point to the southernmost point on Saulks Island. The decision to re-open these Ponds is based upon the test results from samples collected on Friday. (More info)

Misquamicut, East Beach, and Charlestown Breachway Campground Closed to Public Access Due to Impacts from Hurricane Sandy
DEM announces that effective immediately, Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, East Beach State Beach in Charlestown, and the Charlestown Breachway Campground are closed due to public safety concerns. The closures will remain in effect until further notice. (More info)

DEM Issues Advisory: Residents Urged to Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Wastes
DEM is advising the public that extreme care should be taken in properly disposing of household hazardous waste items that may have been damaged or impacted by Hurricane Sandy. (More info)

DEM Offers Guidance to Municipalities on Handling Tree Waste
DEM is providing the following guidelines to municipalities so they can manage tree waste that can not be cut and chipped at the point-of-generation. The following options are available to all municipalities. Through this temporary emergency approval process, municipalities may take the tree waste to a designated location for processing and short-term, temporary storage. (More info)

DEM Announces South Coastal Shore Ponds Were Closed to Shellfishing at Noon Today Due to Coastal Flooding from Hurricane Sandy
DEM announces that due to anticipated unacceptable water quality resulting from storm surge and coastal flooding from Hurricane Sandy, all approved waters of Point Judith Pond, Potter Pond, Ninigret Pond, Quonochontaug Pond, and Winnapaug Pond were closed to shellfishing beginning at noon on Tuesday, October 30. (More info)

OWTS (Septic System) Repair Guidance in Critical Erosion Areas- Hurricane Sandy has caused coastal erosion in certain areas of the south shore which may have undermined structures and exposed components of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS), also known as septic systems. OWTS repair in these highly vulnerable areas, which are designated by the Rhodes Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) as Critical Erosion Areas, requires a permit from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and an assent from CRMC. DEM is providing guidelines for property owners who need to repair or replace OWTS in close proximity to eroding shorelines. (More info) You can also download the Westerly Meeting Handout for more information.


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rev. 12/18/12