Rhode Island Stormwater Solutions

Taking Simple Steps Toward Cleaner Rhode Island Waters

Dog poop, lawn chemicals, and oily spills. With every rain, storm drains carry all this pollution directly to local streams, ponds, and Narragansett Bay without treatment. Stormwater pollution is a major problem for RI waters – closing beaches and shellfish beds, destroying wildlife habitat, and threatening drinking water supplies. The good news is that you can be part of the solution!

Take Action With Simple Steps

Storm drain

Don’t Dump Into Storm Drains

Everything that enters a storm drain goes directly to local waters. Don’t dump, wash, or rake anything into the path of a storm drain.

Mowing the lawn

Fertilize Sparingly

Unfortunately, lawn care chemicals often wind up washing right into local waters.

watering the garden

Water Wisely

Conserving water when you’re working outdoors can reduce the potential for contaminants to wind up in local waters.

recycling rain water

Recycle Rainwater

Keep runoff off paved surfaces with rain barrels, cisterns, and rain gardens- even downspout extenders.

pet waste sign

Scoop The Poop, Then Trash It

Keep pet waste from entering local water bodies. When you’re out on a walk, pick up after your pet and throw it in the trash.

Online Training with Soil Erosion and Sediment Control

Online Training:

Soil Erosion and Sediment Control

Produced by the URI Cooperative Extension with funding from the RI Department of Transportation in partnership with the RI Department of Environmental Management and RI municipalities.