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Riparian Buffer Restoration Workshop

Thursday, March 29, 2007, 3:30-5:00 pm & Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Conference Room 300, RI Dept. of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI

Riparian areas provide a buffer between wetlands and more intensive land use and help protect water quality and habitat. The CTP coordinated workshops for non-profit organizations, private landowners and others to learn about the Riparian Buffer Restoration Fund, a portion of the Narragansett Bay and Watershed Restoration Bond that Rhode Island residents voted on in 2004. The workshops informed participants on how they could benefit from state and federal grants for restoring riparian areas.

The workshop addressed:

  • What riparian buffers are and why they are important
  • The steps involved in a restoration project
  • Overview of the fund and the application procedure
  • How to apply for state grant money
  • Federal Funding Programs
  • The role of RIDEM's Water Quality and Wetlands Restoration Team

Presenters included:

  • Gregg Cassidy, Principal Environmental Planner, RIDEM Office of Sustainable Watersheds
  • Russ Chateauneuf, Chief, RIDEM Office of Groundwater and Wetlands Protection and the RIDEM Water Quality and Wetlands Restoration Team
  • Jane Kelly, Freshwater Wetlands Program, RIDEM
  • Andy Lipsky , State Biologist, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Joe Bachand, Resource Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service

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

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