Northern Rhode Island Conservation District





Northern Rhode Island Conservation District is committed to providing public information and education in an effort to reduce nonpoint sources of pollution from entering drinking water supplies as well as recreational rivers, lakes, ponds and streams.

Scituate Reservoir Watershed Education Program

    CLICK HERE for details on program components and information on protecting water quality.

Lake Management Project

In an effort to improve the quality of lakes in Rhode Island, NRICD worked with state and federal agencies, a private consulting firm as well as community organizations, to develop two comprehensive lake management plans for Bowdish Lake and Smith & Sayles Reservoir in Glocester, RI. These plans address the problems associated with aquatic invasive plants, water quality concerns, and future land uses in the watersheds surrounding these lakes. Lake management plans provide guidance to local stakeholder groups who wish to manage lake activities and effectively address issues of concern. The plans produced for this project will also serve as templates for further development of lake management plans for other lakes throughout the state.



The Urban Rain Garden Project

A "Rain Garden" is a man-made depression in the ground that is used as a landscape tool to improve water quality. The rain garden forms a bio-retention area by collecting water run-off and storing it, permitting it to be filtered and slowly absorbed by the soil.

  • What is a Rain Garden
  • How to Plant Your Own Rain Garden
  • Goals of the Urban Rain Garden Project
  • Starting Your Own Urban Rain Garden Project
  • Student Lessons and Activities

Tool Kit for Urban Rivers Outreach and Education

Could you benefit from a free, easy to duplicate proven method to reach your watershed community?  Are you struggling to provide your community with critical health, safety and natural resource messages? LOOK NO FURTHER!! The Tool Kit for Urban Rivers is a free, easy to use model that has proven its success in the Woonasquatucket River Watershed of Rhode Island.

The Scituate Reservoir Watershed Education Program has been administered by the NRICD and funded by Providence Water for the past ten years. The main objective of the program is to provide information and educational opportunities to local residents in order to reduce non point source pollution loading to the Scituate Reservoir.

Program components include:

  • Elementary Classroom Presentations
  • AWEsome! Active Watershed Education Curriculum Teacher Training
  • Annual Poster Contest for Grades 3-8
  • Billboard Campaign
  • Public Service Announcements
  • Neighbor to Neighbor: Direct Mailing to New Residents in the Watershed
  • Public Water Quality Workshops for Adult Residents
  • Woodscaping Workshops for Residents with 5 or More Acres
  • Business Bulletins
  • Water Festival
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