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

The RI Green Infrastructure Coalition (

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.  (  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.



Friday October 25th 5:30 @ Jane Pickens – Complete Streets and Modern Roundabouts

The Newport Architectural Forum & Washington Square Roots

are pleased to present:

A Lively Presentation and Panel on Complete Streets and Modern Roundabouts

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Roundabout Diagram      ———            Roundabout in West Warwick

Friday October 25th 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm 

at the Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center

New transportation initiatives are coming to Rhode Island! What is the “Complete Streets “ Design Movement all about and how are “Modern Roundabouts” different from “Rotaries” (with which they are often confused)? Come find out the answers to these and many other important questions on the subject of transportation design from a high level panel including:



  • Ross Cann, AIA (Washington Sq Advisory Commission and 2004 & 2012 Charrette organizer)


  • Michael Lewis(Director of RI Department of Transportation (RIDOT))
  • John Flaherty(Grow Smart Staffer and Chair, Coalition for Transportation Choices (CTC))
  • Bari George(Exec. Director, Bike Newport and Member, Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission)

Please RSVP to to reserve your place!

Friday October 25th 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm 

at the Newport Colony House

Following the Presentation and Panel Discussion, attendees are invited to join the Panelists and the leaders of the many sponsoring organizations for refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and conversation! Don’t miss the opportunity to meet others interested in Aquidneck Island planning initiatives and to continue the discussion about the sort of projects that can make our communities better, safer and more beautiful!

We are delighted to have the support and assistance of the following sponsoring companies, commissions, departments and organizations:

  • A4 Architecture Inc.
  • Alliance for a Livable Newport
  • American Institute of Architects—RI
  • Aquidneck Isl. Planning Commission
  • Atlantic Stars Group
  • BikeNewport
  • City of Newport Planning Dept
  • Coalition for Transportation Choices
  • Friends of Touro Park
  • Greenvale Vineyards
  • Grow Smart Rhode Island
  • The Hill Association
  • Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center
  • Newport Architectural Forum
  • Newport Historical Society
  • Newport Restoration Foundation
  • Newport: Save Our Streetscapes!
  • Newport Tree Society
  • Northeast Architectural Collaborative
  • Opera House Theatre
  • Place Studio
  • Pour and Serve, Inc.
  • RI Department of Transportation
  • Rhode Island Public Radio
  • Washington Sq. Advisory Commission
  • Washington Square Roots Initiative

Please RSVP to to reserve your place!


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Newport Proposes Turbine Ban Across 80% of City

Newport Proposes Turbine Ban Across 80% of City

By KYLE HENCE/ecoRI News staff

The broad area in red is where turbines of any size or type would be prohibited by the proposed Newport Planning Board ordinance. The proposed wind turbine ban would extend across 80 percent of the city, as reflected in the broad swath of red.

The broad area in red is where turbines of any size or type would be prohibited by the proposed Newport Planning Board ordinance. The proposed wind turbine ban would extend across 80 percent of the city, as reflected in the broad swath of red. NEWPORT — Less than a week after the Department of the Interior opened the Rhode Island coast to offshore wind energy development, local officials held a public workshop on a smaller-scale wind energy ordinance the city’s own Energy & Environment Commission found highly restrictive. The proposed ordinance would implement an outright ban on turbines, regardless of design or size, across about 80 percent of the city.

Drafted by the Planning Board during the past year, the ordinance details requirements for property owners planning installation of small-scale wind turbines that cover height, decibel limits and safety. Board Chairman James Dring and Planning & Development staffer Andrew DeIonno, who joined City Council members and other local officials around a table in council chambers at City Hall on Dec. 5, prepared the ordinance.

Rhode Island as a whole has staked a national leadership position with its Ocean SAMP to carefully develop commercial offshore wind energy potential off the mainland and Block Island. However, the city and town council members on Aquidneck Island have yet to follow suit with a more distributed approach available through the use of much smaller commercial- and residential-scale wind turbines. to read more!

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Winter Farmers’ Market Opening Soon!

Something to look forward to! And, you won’t even have to cross a bridge!
Great place to learn how to cook winter veggies; taste yummy stuff; and see what clever local growers can offer in the colder months…….
Aquidneck Growers’ Market is pleased to announce the opening of the island’s first wintertime farmers’ market at the parish hall of St. Mary’s Church in Portsmouth, RI. on Saturdays beginning November 10. The market will feature many of the farmers and vendors of the summer markets selling local fruits and vegetables, pasture raised meats and eggs, fresh seafood, breads, pastries, and a fine selection of freshly ground coffees! Live music, local artisans and hot lunch items from local chefs will round out the event that will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, with the traditional and special Thanksgiving Market to be held at St. Mary’s on November 17.
The new winter market is the first event in a larger proposal to renovate St. Mary’s old parish hall for use by the island community as a center for sustainability, planned to also feature a lecture series, a community garden, incubator farm plots, walking trails through the surrounding acres of newly preserved open space and a peace garden. Many community organizations have collaborated on the initial planning stages for the future of this building: St. Mary’s Church, Aquidneck Land Trust, Sustainable Aquidneck and EcoRI, in addition to many other community members.
Please join us to celebrate the opening of the market at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10 when Ken Ayars, Chief of RI’s Division of Agriculture will cut the opening ribbon.
St. Mary’s Church is located at 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02842.
For further information contact:
Bevan Linsley, Market Coordinator
Aquidneck Growers’ Market

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