Aquidneck Island Bay Friendly Homes – GRANT from the van Beuren Foundation

The RI Green Infrastructure Coalition (http://www.greeninfrastructureri.org)

Polluted stormwater runoff is unhealthy for our communities on Aquidneck Island.  The Alliance for a Livable Newport has a solution and is very happy to invite our coalition members on Aquidneck Island to join our efforts to improve drinking water and the waters of our Narragansett Bay.  

We want the Aquidneck Island Community to plant rain gardens, use rain barrels, create pervious surfaces, and find other ways to soak up the rain to protect and restore clean water in our local bays, neighborhood streams, and estuaries.

The Alliance for a Livable Newport supports the work of The Green Infrastructure Coalition.

The Coalition includes as partners not-for-profit organizations, architects, designers, builders, city planners and other officials, who work together to promote and construct pathways for rainwater, melting snow, and other run-offs to avoid pavement and infiltrate earth.  

With the generous support of the van Beuren Foundation, the Green Infrastructure Coalition is offering homeowner grants this year to make improvements to your property that will use natural and artificial components to “soften” the urban hard structures; to provide climate-change resilience, shade, oxygen, air-quality improvement; and to infiltrate stormwater into the ground.  

We reaching out to our members in Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth across the Aquidneck Island watershed to join our campaign.  This as an opportunity to improve your neighborhood, increase your property values and make a positive impact on their your environment and the water quality of the Bay. 

Support for installing rain barrels, rain gardens and permeable pavement are just some of the projects that are being funded in this residential program. You can manage runoff and add color and character to your property at the same time.

How can I participate in this residential stormwater management program?

It’s very easy!

Step 1: Take our simple online survey.  (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AIstormwater)  By completing the survey, the Rhode Island Green Infrastructure Coalition will learn about your interest in managing stormwater runoff on your property.

Step 2: Invite us to visit your property so we can talk about the possible improvements the can be made.  This program is completely voluntary and non-regulatory.

Step 3:  Apply for a grant to get started this Spring on managing pollution that may be running into our drinking water and the Narragansett Bay.  Grants can be used to install rain barrels, plant rain gardens and together we can begin to soak up the rain and make a difference in our communities.

Clean water on Aquidneck Island starts with you!  Green infrastructure solutions create a clean, healthy community. Join us and be part of the solution for clean water.