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What DEM Does for Municipalities
|The quality of life in Rhode Island is dependent on the quality of the natural environment in which its citizens live and work. To improve, maintain and preserve high environmental quality, DEM offers a number of programs that benefit communities - from help in creating wastewater management districts to providing grants for recreation. This summary, and the information linked to this page provides some of the highlights of DEM programs which benefit communities.
For information about programs not listed, please try the search functions or call our Office of Customer and Technical Assistance at 222-6822 to reach the person who can help you with your particular concern.
Open Space & Public Recreation Development Grants
Notice of Proposed Regulations and Public Hearing. Call Joseph Dias at 222-2776.
Targeted Brownfields Assessment Program
Brownfields Competitive Site Assessment Grant Opportunities
50% match for municipal outdoor recreation. Call Joseph Dias at 222-2776.
Water Pollution Control
90% match from the Aqua Fund for various projects. Grant round open until February 23, 2001. Call Lisa McGreavey 222-4700 ext. 7611.
Non-Point Source Funding Grants
The deadline for submitting grant applications is August 3, 2001. As indicated in the RFP, if you need further information, please contact Jim Riordan at 222-4700 ext. 4421.
50% match for surveillance or mapping of mosquito production sites, saltmarsh water management projects or educational initiatives. Call Alan Gettman, Ph.D. 789-6280.
40/60% match for tree planting. Call Paul Dolan 568-2013.
DEM's Brownfields program creates agreements with prospective purchasers of contaminated property who agree to clean up the sites for reuse. In return, they will not be held liable for past environmental practices. Call Kelly Owens at 222-4700 ext. 7108.
DEM holds Health, Environmental and Pesticide Safety Education Training and certification for pesticide applicators and offers information and brochures on integrated pest management and West Nile Virus. Call Elizabeth Lopes-Duguay 222-2781 ext. 4510.
DEM also, has a special low ground pressure excavator, commonly called the "Marsh Walker" to conduct saltmarsh water management projects. Call Alan Gettman, Ph.D. 789-6280.
|Watershed / Community Planning
Four new publications are on in the process of being printed this spring to assist communities in developing innovative land use strategies to minimize the impact of development on the environment. Send us a note to reserve a copy or get more information.
South County Design Manual contains design recommendations for development of rural lands, agricultural lands, commercial sites and industrial sites.
Model Land Use Ordinances Guide provides guidance in the development process while encouraging smart growth and protection of resources.
Farming and Forestry Strategies Guide presents strategies for land protection and expanding existing community jobs and businesses linked with forestry and agriculture.
South County Greenspace Protection Project pamphlet offers South County communities technical support to identify and prioritize critical lands for protection.
Rhode Island Watershed Resources Directory lists organizations and agencies involved in watershed issues.
What's the Scoop on Wetlands, Frequently Asked Questions about DEM's Freshwater Wetlands Program, A booklet and several wetlands fact sheets are available. Call 222-6822 for copies.
New rules are coming on stormwater which will impact communities. The "Phase II" program will require additional operators of municipal separate storm sewer systems in urbanized areas and operators of small construction sites to implement practices to minimize polluted storm water runoff program. Call Greg Goblick 222-4700 ext. 7165.
DEM is working with communities interested in implementing a pay-as-you-go system of trash management. Call Terri Bisson at 222-4700 x4402.
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