Region 1: EPA New England
Providence Green Infrastructure Project
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is partnering with the City of Providence, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) and other stakeholders for a project to construct a bio-infiltration system at J.T. Owen's Park near Mashapaug Pond. Bio-infiltration is a green infrastructure (GI) best management practice (BMP) for stormwater control. Green infrastructure is stormwater management approach that takes advantage of natural processes to capture and treat stormwater volume and pollutants. The Mashapaug project is a retrofit project and will include a public outreach component to showcase the project and engage the community.
An important goal of this project is to introduce municipal officials and other public and private stakeholders to GI as a practical and effective technique to reduce stormwater runoff and pollution and improve water quality.
We anticipate that the bio-infiltration BMP will:
- lead to improved water quality in Mashapaug Pond;
- increase public and private awareness of GI as an effective approach for municipal stormwater management;
- engage and educate local department of public works engineers and other municipal officials how GI can be a viable and effective control for stormwater;
- engage Project Partners to understand and implement operation and maintenance (O&M) procedures to ensure the BMP continues to operate into the foreseeable future.
The bio-infiltration BMP will be constructed on the J.T. Owens Park, which is situated on Mashapaug Pond, a waterbody listed as impaired for nutrients. The Pond feeds into Roosevelt Lake, part of the interconnected pond system created in Roger Williams Park at the end of the 19th century, and its input contributes to severe water quality problems in those ponds as well. The bio-infiltration BMP will be sited adjacent to the existing Little League baseball fields which are located near Mashapaug Pond.
Construction of the bio-infiltration BMP will entail installing a diversion structure into the storm sewer line located near the Niantic Ave and Swanson St. intersection and diverting an approximate 1 to 1.2 inches of water to the bio-infiltration retrofit located at the southern/far edge of the Little League ballfields. The BMP will treat runoff from approximately 6.5 acres, including about 2.6 acres of impervious cover that would ordinarily discharge to Mashapaug Pond, an impaired waterbody with a TMDL.
Green Infrastructure BMP Design
- February 12, 2014 Project Kickoff Meeting (PDF) (18 pp, 4.4 MB, about PDF)
- BMP Design Documents
- April 15, 2014 Community Meeting Presentation (PDF) (16 pp, 6.4 MB, about PDF)
Current Status of Project
This project is currently in the process of mobilizing and construction is tentatively set to begin sometime after June 2, 2014.
Be sure to check back for additional status updates!
2014 Tentative Project Schedule*:
|May 26 & June 2||Mobilization, access, setup|
|June 2||Rough Grading; Road work|
|June 9||Pipe work; finish grading|
|June 9 & June 16||Landscaping|
|June 16||Roadwork; paving|
|June 16 & June 23||Clean-up|
|Summer 2014||Ribbon Cutting Ceremony|
*Tasks will take place on weekdays and are subject to change based on weather or unforeseen conditions that may affect the schedule.
Before Construction (Fall 2013):
Coming ______ 2014
Ray Cody (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Education & Outreach Contact
Caitlyn Whittle (email@example.com)
Karen Simpson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Narragansett Bay Program
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- Rhode Island Bays Rivers, and Watersheds Coordination Team
The Rhode Island Bays Rivers, and Watersheds Coordination Team protects, manages, and restores Rhode Island's waters and watersheds
- Urban Pond Procession
Learn how the Urban Pond Procession is using art and environmental education to protect ponds in Cranston and Providence, RI
- Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island
The Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island promotes environmental justice in RI
- Soak Up the Rain
Learn more about Low Impact Development and community projects by checking out EPA's Soak Up the Rain Campaign website
- University of New Hampshire's Stormwater Center
University of New Hampshire's Stormwater Center is a resource for information on porous pavement and other low-impact development methods
- University of Connecticut's Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Program
Local land use officials addressing the relationship of land use to natural resource protection can learn more about low-impact development for stormwater management through The University of Connecticut's Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) program