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Overview Workshop on the Draft RI Stormwater Manual

Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 9:00-11:00 am
Conference Room 300, RI Dept. of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI

In partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), the CTP provided an overview workshop of the Public Review Draft Rhode Island Stormwater Manual. 

The workshop provided planners, municipal officials, environmental groups, and others with a brief overview of:

  • how the new draft manual is different from the existing manual (adopted in 1993)
  • what new requirements will apply to projects
  • how municipalities can help meet the standards outlined in the manual through changes in local regulations

Instead of covering highly technical information more appropriate for designers and engineers, this workshop focused on Low-Impact Development (LID) site planning and design strategies and how they are effective ways for communities to reduce stormwater impacts.

The workshop provided attendees an opportunity to ask questions and participate in dialogue with state and other local officials, and to provide input on the manual before the formal rule-making process begins in September.

Speakers included:

•  Russ Chateauneuf, P.E., Chief, Groundwater and Wetlands Protection, RIDEM

•  Eric Beck, P.E., Supervisor, RIPDES Program, RIDEM

•  Scott Millar, Administrator, Sustainable Watersheds, RIDEM

•  Jim Boyd, Coastal Policy Analyst, RICRMC.

The draft manual can be downloaded here: http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/benviron/water/permits/ripdes/stwater/t4guide/desman.htm

For more information please contact Jennifer West, CTP Coordinator, at jennifer@nbnerr.org or 401-222-4700, x 7413.

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